Infanta, Quezon mayor injured in shooting incident

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) – Infanta Mayor Filipina Grace America was wounded after an unidentified gunman shot her on Sunday afternoon, Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez said.

According to Suarez, America had just boarded her car after attending mass at a town church when the gunman shot her.

America is in stable condition, Suarez told CNN Philippines.

Suarez also said America has no known enemy. Both officials are part of Lakas–Christian Muslim Democrats, the political party of vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

The local government strongly condemned the shooting incident and urged witnesses to cooperate with authorities to catch the perpetrator.

“Maglalabas po ng opisyal na pahayag at iba pang detalye sa naganap na pamamaril sa ating punong bayan sa mga susunod na araw,” the municipal government said in a Facebook post.

[Translation: We will release an official statement and other details on the shooting of our mayor in the coming days]

No other persons were hurt in the incident, according to initial reports.