2 minors injured in another SM mall shooting
PAMPANGA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) - Two minors were seriously wounded in a shooting incident inside SM Pampanga in San Fernando City shortly before noon Tuesday.
Supt. Wilson Santos of Mexico, Pampanga police said the shooting incident involving 2 minors happened in front of the Astrovision store at the mall’s Building 3.
Quoting police, SM said a 13-year-old boy first shot his alleged lover, a 16-year-old boy, in the head. The boy, who used a caliber .22 pistol, then shot himself in the head.
The victims were first rushed to the Jose B. Lingad Hospital in San Fernando City. The younger victim was transferred to San Fernandino Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), while the other was transferred to V.L. Makabali Hospital.
Santos said police authorities found a caliber .22 pistol, 2 empty bullet shells and 3 live bullets at the scene.
Initial investigations showed that the 13-year-old boy planned the shooting, based on his posts on his Facebook page prior to the incident.
Authorities said the 13-year-old wrote the name of another person on the T-shirt that he was wearing. They believe the 13-year-old is jealous of this person.
“Parang mayroong third party na involved dito. May pinagseselosan. Katulad nung sa T-shirt [na suot nung biktima], mayroon siyang minumura,” Santos said.
Santos added that a suicide note was recovered from the younger victim, saying he was willing to die with his companion.
A card was recovered from the 16-year-old, which gave details about their relationship.
Parents of both victims had no idea that the 2 were going to meet in Pampanga.
“Ang paalam niya SM Baliwag lang e. Taga-Baliwag kami e. Hindi ko kilala [‘yung kasama niya]. Ang kaibigan ng anak ko, mga kaklase niya sa grade school at high school,” said the mother of the 16-year-old.
The parents of the 13-year-old, meanwhile, thought their son was at school.
SM said a suicide note found in the bag of the 13-year-old "revealed that the incident was a crime of passion and of a personal nature."
"SM has also exerted all efforts to help the two victims and both their families are now in the hospital," the company said.
SM deplores incident
SM management immediately deployed additional security personnel to assist authorities in the investigation.
A portion of SM Pampanga where the shooting happened was quickly closed off to the public and media.
Mall workers in that section were also ordered to vacate the area while investigations continue.
"The SM management deplores the unfortunate incident that happened today at SM City Pampanga and is fully cooperating with the authorities in this regard," it said in a statement.
"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."
SM said that while security at its mall was "constantly vigilant," the gun used was very small and difficult to detect.
3rd shooting in a year
It was the third shooting incident in an SM Mall this year.
Last Wednesday (Sept. 14), Shella Macapugay shot and killed her husband, Abel, who worked as a sales clerk at the Homeworld store in SM North Edsa after he allegedly left her for another woman.
A security guard who tried to stop Macapugay from committing suicide after the shooting was also killed.
Last July 29, a security guard was killed in a shootout with Games and Amusement Board employee inside the restroom of SM Delgado Mall in Iloilo City. – with reports from Robert Tuazon, ABS-CBN News Pampanga; Dennis Datu, dzMM; Gretchen Malalad, ABS-CBN News