5 killed in Camarines Sur hostage incident

PILI, CAMARINES SUR — A 10-hour hostage-taking incident claimed five lives in Barangay New San Roque in this town last December 31.
Hostage-taker Anthony Zepeda, 35, was reported to have shot himself in the head with a .45 caliber pistol after shooting his relatives and a helper.
Among the victims were Expedito, his father; Victor, his brother; Sharmaine, his wife, and the helper whose identity remains unidentified.
Three other persons were reported to have been wounded due to the suspect’s indiscriminate firing.
According to the initial report, the hostage incident began at around 6 a.m. when the family was preparing for breakfast.
Tension ensued that morning at around 9 a.m. with the suspect reportedly hitting his father with a chair.
Gella Gallardo, another helper from the household, informed the police about the situation, having been able to flee from the house.
The authorities are still conducting an investigation as of press time.


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