ORMOC CITY– A woman farmer was shot dead by a lone suspect while she was tending her farm in Sta. Margarita, Samar on Sunday (Nov. 12).

Dead on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds was Edna Delgado, 49, who was doing her farm works in Barangay Inoraguiao when she was attacked by the suspect, Juan Balantino at about 11:30 in the morning.

An old grudge between the two was seen to be the motive for the incident, says Lt. Marvin Labrague, the town police chief.

The police chief said that the suspect confronted the victim, who was with her son at that time, which resulted in a heated argument.

The suspect then pulled out a firearm of unknown caliber and shot the victim hitting in the different parts of her body which resulted in her instantaneous death.

The son of the victim, however, was able to run away and was able to ask for assistance in the barangay.

The suspect fled towards the mountainous area of the said place.

Responding police officers were able to recover two empty shells of an unknown caliber of a firearm at the crime scene.

A manhunt operation is now underway to arrest the suspect.