Lawyer wounded in daytime ambush in Lapu-Lapu

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Lawyer wounded in daytime ambush in Lapu-Lapu

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A 74-year-old lawyer survived an ambush by armed motorcyclists at 9 a.m. today, October 10, 2020 in Barangay Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City.

Attorney James Joseph Gupana suffered gunshot wounds to his left arm and body and was reported to have been in stable condition in a Lapu-Lapu City hospital, police chief sergeant Raymond Sosmeña of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Bureau said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Gupana was driving his Toyota Hilux on the way to his office in Barangay Centro in Mandaue City and turned on a street corner in Barangay Pajac in Lapu-Lapu City when two motorcyclists fired at his vehicle.

He was hit three times in the arm and body.

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Sosmeña said that despite his injury, Gupana was still able to drive his vehicle and took himself to the hospital in Mactan.

At that point, the hospital's doctors said that Gupana was in stable condition.

Sosmeña said preliminary investigations had shown that Gupana had noticed someone following him since Thursday, October 8, 2020.

He said they would check the surveillance cameras in the facilities in the area to identify the perpetrators of the shooting incident.

He also said they were also getting more information from Gupana about possible death threats he might have received. Dbs

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