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Authorities on Wednesday said that the shooting of Talk ‘N Text center Ali Peek was premeditated and not part of a robbery attempt, contrary to earlier police pronouncements.

Mandaluyong Police Chief Superintendent Armando Bolalin said that according to initial investigation, the man who shot Peek may have been a gun-for-hire who has not had much professional experience.

Bolalin said the police is now looking at a possible revenge angle.

“Kailangan malaman natin mismo sa kanya, sa victim, kung meron ba siyang previous na nakagalit,” he said.

According to the police, the gunman may have had a companion who served as a lookout during the shooting. Eyewitnesses were able to describe the suspect as chinito, standing 5’5″ to 5’6″ of medium build, about 32 to 36 years old. Authorities released a composite sketch of the gunman on Tuesday morning.

Investigation also revealed that the suspect tried to grab Peek’s gym bag before shooting the veteran PBA player. The incident happened at the RFM Gymnasium parking lot on Monday night at around 7:30 p.m. after Peek completed a plyometric workout.

Mandaluyong police has set up a hotline for tips about the shooting, which can be reached at (02)5322145 or (02)5322797.

Talk ‘N Text team owner Manuel V. Pangilinan has put up a P500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

According to team sources, Peek is currently in stable condition, even as a bullet remains lodged at his neck.

“The CT scan shows the bullet was millimeters away from [Peek's] spine, mandible, and other vital parts,” said Talk ‘N Text assistant Josh Reyes in an earlier interview. “Not sure yet if bullet will be too dangerous to remove. Possible na iwan na lang sa loob.”

Doctors are currently waiting for the arrival from the United States of his mother, with whom Peek will make the decision whether to undergo surgery to remove the bullet.


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