MANILA -- Gunmen who shot the grandson of master impersonator Willie Nepomuceno may have mistaken him and his friends for another group of teenagers, police said.
Sean Gabriel Nepomuceno and his three friends had just gone out of a computer shop and were supposed to buy food from a burger stand in Marikina City when they were fired upon by four men on board a white car at around 2:50 a.m. Thursday.
According to Women's and Children's Desk investigator SPO1 Gemma Mirabueno, the victims said that just before their group arrived in the place where they were ambushed, four teenage boys were involved in a fight with another group of men there.
"Bago sila dumating sa lugar na yun ay meron daw nangyaring kaguluhan doon. At sila yata ang pinagkamalan," Mirabueno told radio dzMM.
"Kasi apat din yung kabataan na alleged na nakaaway po nung mga namaril sa grupo ni Sean," she said, adding that the group of Nepomuceno's grandson was not involved in any altercation prior to the incident.
Sean, who sustained three gunshot wounds in the incident, is currently undergoing operation at the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center.
One of his friends, identified as Frank Raven Jocson, was shot in the leg.
Nepomuceno, in a separate interview earlier, shared what his grandson's friends told him regarding what happened.
He said one of the suspects first fired a warning shot before they confronted the teenagers and said "Kayo yun no? Kayo yun?"
"Tulala ang mga bata, mga high school lang ito eh. Hindi nila alam kung ano yun," Nepomuceno said.
Surprised by what happened, his grandson and his friends then decided to run away. "Pagtakbo, pinaulanan sila ng putok ng baril. Lahat armed," he said.
Mirabueno said police are now looking if there were a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in the area that could have captured the shooting incident.
She said they will also make cartographic sketches of the suspects based on the testimonies of the victims.