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The SM Pampanga shooting is the third such incident to occur in an SM mall.
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that two minors were seriously wounded in a shooting incident inside SM Pampanga in San Fernando City shortly before noon Tuesday, September 20.
According to the report, Supt. Wilson Santos of Mexico, Pampanga police revealed that a 13-year-old boy 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 incident happened in front of the Astrovision store at the mall’s Building 3.
The critically-wounded victims were first rushed to the Jose B. Lingad Hospital in San Fernando City. The 13-year-old was transferred to San Fernandino Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU), while the 16-year-old was transferred to V.L. Makabali Hospital.
Santos further disclosed that a suicide note was recovered from the bag of the younger boy. In it, he said he was willing to die with his companion. "Parang lover’s quarrel. Tinitignan po natin ang kanilang relationship," Santos said.
In a statement the mall's management said: "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 ABS-CBNNews.com report noted that this is the third shooting incident to take place in an SM mall.
Last September 14, enraged wife Shella Macapugay shot and killed her husband, Abel, who worked as a sales clerk at the Homeworld store in SM North Edsa. Ricardo Inamac III, the 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.
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