2 dead, 1 hurt in Laguna shooting incident during ‘misa de gallo’

BIÑAN CITY, Laguna — Two churchgoers were killed while one was wounded in a drug-related shooting incident in Biñan City in Laguna on Wednesday evening, the police said.

A report from the Laguna police headquarters on Thursday said the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday near the San Antonio Parish Church in San Antonio village here.

Police said at least two gunmen targeted a certain Allan Fernandez, who was tagged by authorities in their illegal drug watch list.

No detail confirmed that Fernandez was a church worker but the report said he was providing security at the San Antonio church where “misa de gallo” (dawn masses) are being held.

The assailants fired shots at Fernandez but stray bullets also hit churchgoers Christine Joy Sailog and Rowena Flores who were hearing mass.

The victims were brought to Biñan City Doctors and Perpetual hospitals but the target Fernandez and church goer Sailog were declared dead on arrival.

Police also said the other parishioner Flores, meanwhile, sustained gunshot wounds and is now undergoing major surgical operation.

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