2 hurt in another SM mall shooting

By Robert Tuazon, ABS-CBN Pampanga

Posted at Sep 20 2011 01:13 PM | Updated as of Sep 21 2011 01:35 AM

PAMPANGA (2nd UPDATE) - Two minors were 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 involved 2 minors, ages 13 and 17, in front of Astrovision store at the mall’s Building 3.

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.

He said a suicide note was recovered from the younger victim, saying that he is willing to die with his companion.

“Parang lover’s quarrel. Tinitignan po natin ang kanilang relationship,” Santos said.

The police have yet to determine how the shooting exactly happened. SM management immediately deployed additional security personnel to assist authorities in the investigation.

A portion of SM Pampanga where the shooting happened has been closed off to the public and media.

Mall workers in that section were also ordered to vacate the area while investigations continue.

3rd shooting in a year

It was the third reported shooting incident in an SM Mall this year.

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.

Last Wednesday, September 14, a woman shot dead two people including her husband in SM City North EDSA in Quezon City after her husband left her for another woman. A security guard was killed in the incident. – with reports from Robert Tuazon, ABS-CBN News Pampanga; Dennis Datu, dzMM