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Attackers stalked Kim Chiu’s van before ambush —police

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a motorcycle is parked on the side of a road: Police on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, cordon off the van carrying actress Kim Chiu and two others after it was shot repeatedly by unidentified suspects onboard a motorcycle at the corner of Katipunan and C.P. Garcia Avenues in Quezon City. The actress, who was on her way to a taping, and her two companions were unharmed in the shooting incident. RAM JIMENEZ © RAM JIMENEZ Police on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, cordon off the van carrying actress Kim Chiu and two others after it was shot repeatedly by unidentified suspects onboard a motorcycle at the corner of Katipunan and C.P. Garcia Avenues in Quezon City. The actress, who was on her way to a taping, and her two companions were unharmed in the shooting incident. RAM JIMENEZ

The gunmen had waited for Kim Chui’s van to exit the subdivision before the ambush as caught on CCTV, the Quezon City Police District's  Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit chief said Thursday.

Interviewed on GMA News' Unang Balita, QCPD-CIDU chief Major Elmer Monsalve said the special investigation task group has already obtained the CCTV footage of when Chiu's van left the subdivision.

“Kung papaano dumaan ‘yung sasakyan nitong aktres na si Kim Chui, makikita mo na nag-iisa lang siya. Tapos may biglang sumulpot na isang motor na naghihintay na doon sa subdivision,” he said.

“Nakaabang na talaga sa paglabas niya,” he added.

However, Monsalve said authorities are still working on pieces of evidence to figure out if incident was a case of "mistaken identity" as reasonable angle for the investigation, despite recent probe developments.

“’Yun ang ine-establish pa rin namin ngayon kasi kung titingnan mo naman si Kim Chiu, sa kanyang background at character, hindi mo makitaan ng mayroon siya nakatalo,” he added.

According to Molave, the police have yet to recover footage at the actual location of the shooting incident.

On Wednesday, Chiu, her assistant Mayrin Nasara, and her driver Wilfredo Taberna were on their way to a taping when armed attackers riding tandem on a motorbike fired shots at their van at corner C.P. Garcia and Katipunan Avenues.

No one was reported hurt in the shooting incident.

At least eight shell casings were recovered at the crime scene and seven bullet holes were found mostly on the right side of the van.

The QCPD created a special investigation task group on the case. —Joviland Rita/LBG, GMA News

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