Victim identified, suspect in custody; fatal shooting probe continues

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GPD officers canvass the area near the house where the fatal shooting occurred. (Photo by PNC Chief Photographer Allan Balbin)

The victim in yesterday’s Agana Heights shooting has been identified and the suspect in the case arrested, but the investigation continues as authorities were out canvassing Chalan Tutujan Drive appearing to be searching for evidence.

Family and friends of Joseph Mantanane Zamora have taken to social media to mourn his death. 37-year old Zamora is the victim in a shooting incident that occurred on Chalan Tutujan Drive in Agana Heights Tuesday afternoon.

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Zamora’s mother, Agnes Mantanane, shared on Facebook a heartbreaking and emotional statement regarding her son’s death: “Oh Lord I have neither the words to speak nor the strength to stand and I come to you grief-stricken because of this terrible tragic loss. All I can cry is Abba Father, All I can ask is why. Help me to come to terms with what has happened to my son Joey.”

The motive for the shooting is not known. However, police have arrested Anthony Gregory Mendiola in connection with the incident. He was arrested on allegations of reckless conduct, family violence, possession of a firearm without valid identification, and unlawful transfer of a firearm.

GPD Spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao reports that CID detectives were able to locate and seize a firearm and other evidence. Their investigation continues as GPD officers went back to the crime scene. They were seen canvassing Chalan Tutujan Drive and the nearby streets appearing to be looking for something.

At the crime scene this morning, PNC talked with neighbors who indicated that the home in which the incident occurred is occupied by an elderly woman. One neighbor, who wishes to remain anonymous, stated that it was shocking to hear about the shooting, further stating that the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful.

Another neighbor told PNC that the incident raises concerns about the safety of the area.

Zamora’s death remains classified as a death investigation pending the results of an autopsy.

Mendiola was charged in the Superior Court of Guam this afternoon.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.