Shooting: Woman shoots friend for allegedly covering up lover’s affair, nabbed in Talisay
CEBU CITY, Philippines – A woman accused of shooting her friend believing that he was covering up her boyfriend’s affair with another woman was arrested during a hot-pursuit operation on Thursday evening, October 19, 2023.
The woman and her lover allegedly quarreled over the former’s accusation that the latter cheated on her.
The shooting incident happened in Sitio Lower Sto. Nino Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City at around 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18.
The alleged suspect was identified as Geraldyn Sanchez a.k.a. “Baden,” 23, a resident of Sitio Pansang, Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.
Police Staff Sergeant Jaymos Tordios, investigator of the Inayawan Police Station, told CDN Digital in a phone interview that Sanchez was nabbed while hiding in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City, Cebu.
According to Tordios, Sanchez was identified by the victim himself.
Sanchez is now detained at the Inayawan Police Station waiting for the filing of appropriate charges against her.
Tordios stated that they are preparing to file charges of frustrated murder against her.
A follow-up investigation revealed that the victim was inside a shanty with the suspect’s boyfriend when he was attacked.
The victim was identified as Johnny Sepe Veloso, 44, a resident of the barangay.
Tordios said that when Sanchez arrived at Sepe’s shanty she confronted her boyfriend, a certain Steven Racal.
A witness told police that the victim was eating when Sanchez arrived.
However, Sanchez told police that she saw the victim smoking pot when she arrived at their hangout.
According to Tordios, Sanchez then fought with her boyfriend believing that he was seeing another woman. It was at this juncture that Veloso allegedly intervened which angered Sanchez.
Tordios relayed that Sanchez became enraged at Veloso after she found out that Racal was meeting up with another woman inside the victim’s house.
Mad that her friend was covering up her lover’s infidelity, Sanchez allegedly drew a gun and tried to shoot Veloso in the head.
However, the gun did not fire which caused her to fire again, hitting the victim on the arm. The bullet went through to his leg because he was sitting down, stated Tordios.
After the incident, both Sanchez and Racal allegedly fled and headed to Talisay City while the victim was rushed to the Talisay City District Hospital for immediate medical treatment.
The pair separated on Thursday night according to the woman.
She told police that she ended up in Barangay Dumlog while her boyfriend went to Barangay Campo Cuatro.
Sanchez was nabbed the day after the incident during a hot-pursuit operation by police.
Meanwhile, Tordios said that they are also looking for Racal hoping to get more information from him about the incident.
He also said that they would be conducting further investigation to determine whether Racal was also involved in the shooting or not.
As of this writing, the victim is in stable condition and recovering from his injuries at the hospital.
Police also recovered from Sanchez a .38 caliber revolver with three live ammunition.
Tordios stated the weapon would be submitted for a ballistics examination to determine if it was the same weapon used in the crime. He has also sent a request to the Firearms and Explosives Division for verification on whether the firearm is registered or not.
Tordios also revealed that Sanchez was the former live-in partner of a man who was shot and killed on December 5, 2021.
The man was said to be behind a string of shooting incidents before his death, Tordios added. /rcg
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