Family driver gunned down in Ermita, Manila

Published July 19, 2020, 7:08 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

A man was shot dead by unidentified gunmen who blocked his car while traveling along Lagusnilad in Ermita, Manila Saturday afternoon. 

Police identified the victim as Nelbert Casido, family driver, and a resident of Sampaloc, Manila.

A man was dragged outside his vehicle and was shot in the head by unidentified gunmen along Lagusnilad, at the southbound lane of P. Burgos Avenue in Ermita, Manila Saturday afternoon. The perpetrators also carted away his belongings. (Manila Public Information Office photo/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The two female passengers that Casido was with reportedly told the police that he was driving them home onboard a white Toyota Fortuner.

Investigation showed that they were in the southbound lane of P. Burgos Avenue in Ermita, Manila at around 5:30 p.m. when a steel gray Mitsubishi Adventure blocked their path.

Some unidentified men came out of the vehicle and fired at the victim’s car twice.

One of the perpetrators reportedly used a dumbbell to break the window of the driver’s seat and open the door.

Then, they pulled Casido out of the vehicle and dragged him around 50 meters away before shooting him in the head, killing him instantly.

The gunmen carted off three cellphones and the victim’s personal belongings before speeding away towards Taft Avenue.

Among the last images captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed that they turned right at Finance Road and temporarily stopped at the corner of Finance Road and P. Burgos Street. 

Ocular inspection showed that Casido suffered from two gunshot wounds on his head and left shoulder. The two female passengers were left unharmed.

Three fired cartridge cases and a dumbbell were recovered from the crime scene.

Police follow-up operation is ongoing for the possible identification and arrest of the assailants.