ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police said two army soldiers were rushed to hospital following a shooting incident inside the camp of the 97th Infantry Battalion in Zamboanga del Norte's Piñan town.

Maj. Shellamie Chang, regional police spokeswoman, said Sgt. Ryzan Alasaas Salota, 34, was shot in the back by Sgt. Jemar Lagrosa Bugay, 32, who then shot himself in the head.

The incident, Chang said, occurred over the weekend, but the motive of the shooting remains unclear. "Initial investigation disclosed that before the incident, the suspect was at the bunk of the victim and then he suddenly shot the victim in close range hitting his back, afterwards he then shot himself in the head," she said.

Chang said despite his injury, Salota managed to run outside his bunker and sought help from his superior — saying "Sir, help me, I was shot by my batchmate," — before collapsing.

The gun used in the shooting was also recovered — a caliber.45 pistol loaded with a magazine — and a cellular phone owned by the shooter.

Get the latest news
delivered to your inbox
Sign up for The Manila Times’ daily newsletters
By signing up with an email address, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

"Both the victim and suspect were immediately brought to Zamboanga del Norte Hospital by their comrades. PNP personnel of Piñan Municipal Police Station are still conducting a thorough investigation to establish the motive of the incident," Chang said.

The condition of the two soldiers was not immediately known. The 1st Infantry Division and Western Mindanao Command did not report the incident.

Police said Salota is a native of Sipak village in Sapang Dalaga town in Misamis Occidental province, while Bugay is from Dilawa village in Piñan.