Stray bullet or shooting incident? PNP probes shooting of teenager in Malabon

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Posted at Jan 02 2017 04:07 PM

The Philippine National Police has yet to verify whether the shooting of a 15-year-old girl in Malabon is a stray bullet case or an actual shooting incident.

"It's too early to really determine whether it was a stray bullet or there was really an encounter or shooting incident," PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario said in a press briefing on Monday.

The 15-year-old Emilyn Villanueva is still in critical condition after a bullet hit her head on New Year's Eve in Barangay San Agustin, Malabon.

Malabon police earlier said Villanueva was wounded in a shooting incident, and is not a victim of a stray bullet. 

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, however, labeled the incident as a case of a stray bullet, noting that Villanueva was a bystander.

Villanueva is confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila.

Apolinario assured the family of the teenage girl that the police is pursing the case to give justice to the victim.

"We assure the family of Emilyn Villanueva the PNP is doing its best to give justice to Emilyn who is still in the hospital," Apolinario said.