Ashok wounded in gun attack

ASHOK Vasandani, a known Fil-Indian businessman in Dagupan City, was wounded in a gun attack Tuesday night while on his way home at Castro Sarmienta Village, Barangay Bolosan here last Tuesday, February 6.

Vasandani, who joined Sunday PUNCH as one of its columnists, was driving his black Toyota Vios when an unidentified gunman approached his vehicle and shot him several times.

Police investigation showed when Vasandani heard the gunshots, he sped off already wounded towards his house while the still unidentified suspect reportedly fled going in the direction of Mangaldan town allegedly on board an orange car.

Vasandani sustained three gunshot wounds, two hit the right side of his body while one exited after it penetrated his stomach.

He is confined in a hospital here and is reported to be in stable condition.

P/Superintendent Jandale Sulit, OIC-police chief of Dagupan, quoting the victim’s attending physician, said Vasandani is already out of danger, based on his visit to him in the hospital.

He said Vasandani came from Lenox Hotel here where he attended a meeting of the Rotary Club and was driving home after bringing a friend to his home.

The gunman had waited for him at the street corner going to the victim’s house and fired at his vehicle on the passenger side where Vasandani normally sits with a family driver behind the wheels.

According to Sulit, among the motives being looked include family disputes and business activities.

Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered eight fired cartridges of caliber .45 pistol.

Vasandani, a past president of Rotary Club of Downtown Dagupan, is also a popular philanthropist in Pangasinan and was recently declared an “adopted son” of Pangasinan by the provincial board in recognition of his humanitarian works. (Eva Visperas)

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