At about 7:21 PM of March 13, 2019, information reached this station that a shooting incident transpired at City Mall of Tagum, Barangay Visayan Village, Tagum City, wherein the victim identified as Atty. Rex Jasper Lopoz y Monforte, 41 years old, married, Lawyer and a resident of Purok 9, Nabunturan, Davao De Oro. It was disclosed that the victim was about to onboard to his vehicle when he suddenly fell down on the ground. Victim brought by his companion alyas Daddy Santos to Bishop Joseph Reagan hospital thinking that he suffered heart attack, while at the said hospital the attending physician Dr. Bercilla noticed that there was gunshot wound at the back portion of his body. The attending physician exerted effort to apply medical intervention, however, the victim died later.
Investigators processed the crime scene but were not able recover any pieces of evidence relative to the incident.
Initial investigation revealed that according to the security guard identified as Peter Gozon, who posted at the entrance portion City Mall, he allegedly heard single gun burst from unidentified caliber of firearms and later discovered the victim fell on the ground.