Incredible photo; they shot each other

January 5, 2011

PHILIPPINES

Although the new year is only a few days old, we may already have identified the most incompetent criminal of 2011.

He is the dimwit in the far left who is about to assassinate a local village politician in the Philippines who, it turns out, is pointing a camera at  him at the same time.

assassination crop 260There’s nothing funny about murder, and I’m no expert, but I have to believe you’re supposed to tailor your plan just a bit when you notice the guy you are trying to kill is taking a snapshot of his family and you’re in the shot.

Who knows how different history would have been if President Lincoln had said, “Dearest Mary, let me get a daguerreotype of you here in the theater box. And you, stranger with the little pistol, would you like to be in the daguerreotype, too?

Very sadly the victim, who took this photo, died on the way to the hospital. The accused killer has been arrested along with the other guy in the background, who it turns out may be even more incompetent than the shooter.

His job? Apparently he was the “lookout.”

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A gunman identified as Michael Gonzales aims his pistol at local village politician shortly before Dagsa was assassinated in this handout photo released by Dagsa’s family in Manila on January 5, 2011. Reynaldo Dagsa took this picture of his family on New Year’s eve moments before he was killed by Gonzales who was captured on his camera together with an accomplice (man on the right). Police said, they arrested Gonzales and his accomplice in the assassination. REUTERS/Dagsa Family/Handout

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The year is still a baby BG… I am pretty sure there would be many more stupid people this year… just like rabbits, their population seems to be increasing by the dozens…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra: Could not agree more!

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

To know that to look at that picture is to see the very last moment of a mans life is a very sobering thought.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

It’s good to see that I’m not the only one who has problems getting everyone to actually look at the camera….

Posted by justK | Report as abusive

Yup. Two more to be trimmed from the gene pool.

Posted by lceel | Report as abusive

I note that the shooter’s alias is Fubo of Fish Pond Area I, and that the shooting took place in Tuna Street.
Holy Carp!

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

As someone said, “Stupid is as Stupid does”.

Posted by gmanvv | Report as abusive

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@unca – I’d be happy with a cell phone that generated the cone of silence around it – in both directions.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

I agree with ifly, very chilling photo, knowing the story.

Posted by vwgal | Report as abusive

The faces of the family were not covered this morning. I was wondering about that.

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