No apparent motive in Mangilao shooting

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The family of the victim in Wednesday morning's shooting doesn't know why they were targeted by gunmen.(PNC photo by Allan Balbin)
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The family of the victim in Wednesday morning’s shooting doesn’t know why they were targeted by gunmen. PNC met with the family this morning who shared details about the attack.

27-year-old Katarina Pitto was driving down the road known by many as the back road to Andersen when she heard a pop. Thinking that it was their tire bursting, Pitto stopped the car only to have a vehicle pass her car and open fire.

PNC spoke with a relative of Pitto, who declined identification, and said Pitto had just picked up another relative from work and was heading home from Dededo when they were attacked

“She was yelling ‘stop, please stop!’ because it was I think nine to ten shots that were fired,” the relative said.

The relative says that his aunts didn’t get a good look at the gunmen. There may have been two, he says, adding that the gunman’s vehicle was possibly a dark-colored Toyota Camry sedan.

When PNC asked why the gunmen fired at the vehicle, the relative answered:

“I don’t know … maybe they are just…I think that they are just over that drug thingy because mostly here its meth,” the relative said

He added that Pitto was shot several times on her arm and once on the face.

Pitto is still under the care of physicians. The relative says that doctors have removed the bullets from her face and arms and that her recovery from the injury may take two months.

The motive is still unknown and the shooting was unprovoked. The family says that this is not the first time they have heard gunshots ringing out in the early morning hours. They have reported the gunshots to the police but they claim that the police never investigated.

The relative says their family has called the police at least three times in the past because the sound of gunfire was disturbing.

The shooting has now left the family upset but the family believes that what a person does to another will one day come full circle.

Police are investigating the shooting, however, no suspects have been identified.

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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.