Oro doctor shot dead

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/03:00:39pm 12/03/2021


Police investigators and scene of the crime operatives check the vehicle of Dr. Raul Winston Andutan, who was waylaid by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Barangay Nazareth Thursday morning. (Jigger Jerusalem)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A medical doctor was shot dead by motorcycle-riding suspects in broad daylight in Barangay Nazareth, this city, Thursday morning, Dec. 2.

Police identified the victim as Dr. Raul Winston Andutan, medical director at Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) based in Barangay Camanan-an, this city.

Andutan, according to the hospital’s record, specialized in surgery and urology.

Lt. Mirasol Capiña, Nazareth police deputy station commander, said the doctor succumbed to three gunshot wounds, one of which hit him in the neck.

Of the six gunshots, three broke through and made holes on the car’s driver’s side window.

Capiña said Andutan was the only passenger of the Toyota Fortuner he was driving.

The victim died at the hospital while being attended to by physicians, she said.

She said scene of the crime operatives recovered six empty shells fired from a .45 caliber pistol.

It was likely, Capiña added, that Andutan was on his way to the MRXUH from his residence in Barangay Macasandig when he was waylaid by the attackers at the corner of 12th and 29th Streets in Nazareth.

“It’s possible that Dr. Andutan was being followed by the gunmen from his home and shot him on the way,” she said.

She said investigators are now trying to establish the motive for the doctor’s killing.

Capiña added a bystander was hit by the victim’s’ vehicle as it rammed into the frontage of a laundry shop after Andutan was shot.

The bystander, she said, broke a few ribs due to the impact of the crash.

A witness, who happened to be on the side of the road at the time of the shooting, said he first heard the first shot but ignored it thinking it was only burst tire.

He said he paid no attention as there were vehicles coming and going at the time.

“I didn’t mind the first shot, but when three more shots were fired, that’s when I took notice. I ducked and hit the ground,” he said, adding that he also heard two more shots before the victim’s vehicle ground to a halt.

The witness added he only took a look when he heard no more gunshots.

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