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Mother picking up son from school killed

An unidentified gunman shot a woman Tuesday (June 26) who had just picked up her son from a day care center in Tondo, Manila.

Authorities identified the victim as Gina Castillo, 40, who died on the spot. Her five-year-old son was grazed by a bullet and was rushed to Mary Johnston hospital for treatment.

Police said Castillo was walking with her son when the suspect blocked her path and shot her multiple times. She was killed instantly from two bullet wounds below the chin and in the body.

Castillo’s husband Alfred said his wife does not have any enemies.

Police theorized mistaken identity as last June 13, a woman with similar features, who had just picked up her child, was also gunned down.

Police Officer 3 Amelito Lopez said the incident happened around 11 a.m. on La Suerte Street, Barangay 275 Zone 25 in Del Pan, Tondo while mother and child were walking home hand-in hand from the day care center.

Last June 13, thirty-year-old housewife Carmina Paguntalan was gunned down in front of a learning center on Oportunidad Street near CM Recto Avenue in Binondo where she was supposed to pick her four-year-old daughter, Lopez said.