A gunman has shot dead a Sri Lankan businessman in Cotabato City, Philippines last afternoon (8).
Police have identified the victim as a 46-year-old Sri Lankan who lived in nearby Barangay Semba in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao.
A gun ban is in effect in Maguindanao because of a plebiscite scheduled on September 17, and the town where the victim lived would become the capital of a new province if Maguindanaoans vote in favour of splitting it into two.
Police said the Sri Lankan and his Filipino wife were estranged.
Rappler News in the Philippines reported that the Sri Lankan was attacked while he was stepping out of his car in downtown Cotabato at around 2pm.
Captain Kenneth Rosales, chief of Cotabato’s Police Station 1, said the Lankan was shot thrice to the head and chest.
Rosales said the victim was still able to take a few steps to call for help, and he died while being rushed to a hospital.
Investigators said the assailant used a caliber .45 pistol based on the empty shells found at the crime scene.
Police said they would watch CCTV recordings of some shops to see if the shooting was caught on video.