Teen shoots pal, self inside mall-A A +A
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO (2nd Update, 5:34 p.m.) -- Two teenagers are now in critical condition after one of them, a 13-year-old lad, shot his friend and then himself inside the SM City Pampanga’s Building 3 Tuesday afternoon.
They were immediately taken to the San Fernandino Hospital in Barangay Dolores here for treatment.
Doctors, in a latest development, said the two teenagers are “brain dead.”
Mexico chief of police Superintendent Wilson Santos IV said the 13-year-old shooter and the 17-year-old victim were both from Barangay Mabayuhan, Olongapo City.
Investigations disclosed that the 13-year-old shot his friend at the back of the head around 11:50 a.m. using a .22 caliber pistol.
It was not disclosed if the two were having an argument before the incident, but police said the 17-year-old was “breaking up” with the suspect, who is believed to be gay.
Senior Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, provincial police director, said they found a suicide note written on the suspect’s shirt.
"Daryl (not his real name), hindi mo sya mapapakinabangan. Handa na akong mamatay makasama ko lang si Josua (not his real name)," the note said.
Responding policemen recovered from the crime scene the .22 caliber revolver used by the suspect and two spent shells.
Shoppers scampered for safety after they heard gunshots inside the mall, while mall workers of the closed portion have been ordered to leave while investigations were ongoing.
The SM management, in a statement sent to Sun.Star Pampanga, deplored the unfortunate incident that happened at the mall and is fully cooperating with the authorities in this regard.
“According to Colonel Tinio, who is heading the investigation, while security at SM City Pampanga has been constantly vigilant, the small 22 caliber gun used was very difficult to detect as this was so small in size,” the statement said.
SM has also exerted all efforts to help the two victims and their families.
“We apologize for whatever inconvenience or anxiety we may have caused our customers and wish to let them know that the situation in the mall is back to normal,” the SM management said. (Sun.Star Pampanga)
Updated with corrections.