A nephew of former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr. was shot dead at a karaoke bar in Ampatuan town Friday afternoon, police said.

Norton Ampatuan died of a bullet wound to the chest, Senior Supt. Jaime Pido, Maguindanao provincial police director, said.

The victim is a son of Provincial Board Member Sarip Ampatuan, a brother of Andal Sr., Pido said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m. at a karaoke bar in Brgy. Kauran.

“Dumating na lang siya (Norton) dun sa videoke bar at binaril ng still unidentified gunman,” Pido said.

The assailant, who used a caliber-.45 pistol, appeared to be skilled in shooting, according to the police official.

“‘Yung type ng baril na ginamit, based lang dun sa butas sa katawan kasi walang empty shell, kinuha (ng gunman). Mukhang marunong din itong gunman kasi pagdating ng investigators namin doon malinis na ‘yung scene,” Pido said. (John Roson)

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