PAMPANGA, Philippines (8th UPDATE) – The 2 teens involved in a shooting incident inside SM Pampanga passed away Wednesday, their doctors and families said.
The 13-year-old boy died before 3 p.m. after his family decided to have his life support tube removed, doctors said.
The life support system on the other boy, a 16-year-old, was also removed Wednesday night.
He died around 11 p.m., according to his family.
He and his younger companion were earlier declared brain dead by doctors.
Dr. Eric Salas of San Fernandino Hospital, the attending physician, said the family of the 13-year-old boy has decided to donate his vital organs.
His remains have been brought to his family home in Mariveles, Bataan province.
Salas and Dr. Alfonso Danac, head of the emergency room of Jose B. Lingad Hospital in San Fernando City, coordinated for the harvesting of the organs.
The family of the 16-year-old victim said his vital organs will also be donated. His body has been brought home to Bulacan.
Danac said the teen's family accepted that he no longer has a chance to live.
He said only the life support system kept the boy alive.
The bullet from the caliber .22 handgun used by his companion in shooting remained lodged in the 16-year-old victim's head.
Before he was brought out of the hospital, the manager of SM Pampanga visited him in the hospital and reportedly promised to help pay for his medical expenses.
Supt. Wilson Santos of Mexico, Pampanga police said the shooting incident involving the 2 minors happened in front of the Astrovision store at the mall’s Building 3.
Quoting police, SM said the 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.
The younger boy was transferred to San Fernandino Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), while the other was sent to V.L. Makabali Hospital for a CT scan, and was brought back to Jose B. Lingad 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, whom they believe he was jealous of, on his T-shirt.
“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 boy, saying he was willing to die with his companion.
A card was recovered from the 16-year-old, which gave details about their relationship.
The boys' parents 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," the company 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 September 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 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