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By Villamor Visaya Jr., Philippine News Agency Stringer and Philippine Daily Inquirer Correspondent

TUGUEGARAO CITY––Police in Cagayan Valley have launched an investigation on the fatal shooting on March 8, during a village feast in San Pablo town, Isabela province, that left two people dead and seven others wounded.

Investigators said the fatalities were village councilor Gerlan Telan of Barangay Dalena and the alleged gunman identified only as “Marcelo.”

The villagers were in the middle of dancing when the gunman shot Telan and village chief Briscio Gammaru, the police said. Telan died, while Gammaru was wounded.

The police said the victims’ companions responded and shot the suspect, who was declared dead on arrival at a hospital.

Also wounded in the shooting were Isidro Mamauag, Michael Mansibang, Vicenta Guiquing, Jose Mamauag, Sofrino Crisologo, and Allen Cauan.

Lt. Col. Efren Fernandez II, Cagayan Valley police spokesperson, said the San Pablo town police had been ordered to conduct a “deeper” probe on the incident.

Brig. Gen. Steve Ludan, Cagayan Valley regional police director, said they were still determining the motive behind the shooting.#