The firearm used in the killing of bowling champion Angelo Nathaniel Constantino is unregistered, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Based on the verification at the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office, the .45 pistol caliber with serial number 125706 has no record in their database.
Police retrieved on 12 January the gun hidden near the entrance/exit of the parking basement of E-Lanes Bowling Center in Greenhills, San Juan City.
Senior Supt. Dindo Reyes, San Juan police chief, theorized the gunman intentionally left the firearm to avoid police checkpoint where he could be arrested.
Police earlier said that fingerprints were found on the caliber .45 pistol.
Ballistic examination of the Eastern Police District (EPD) Crime Laboratory said the bullets that killed Constantino matched the gun that was recovered at the entrance of the bowling center .
Based on their report, the four spent shells and the four fired bullet slugs recovered at the crime scene matched the pistol.
The gun’s magazine was still intact and loaded with three live ammunition, police added.
Constantino was shot dead at close range three times in the head around 5 p.m. of 11 January inside the 2nd floor of the E-lanes Bowling Center he was managing while having a snack.
The gunman, who posed as customer, reportedly wearing a cap and surgical mask to hide his face.
The family of the victim earlier said they are no longer after the investigation for they have already prayed and forgiven his killer.
Police said they will conduct an in depth investigation be to give justice to what happened to the bowling gold medalist who won in Venezuela during the World Youth Championship in 1992.