Minor Killed in Accidental Firing

A 16-year-old boy was killed when he accidentally shot himself with a .22 caliber in Hacienda Manaul, Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay City at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Superintendent Adonis Rosales, Talisay City PNP chief identified the victim as Adam Joshua Retio Mananquil, Grade 10 student of the place.

He allegedly shot himself with a gun accidentally hitting his stomach. The bullet did not exit.

His friends Robert Gregorio Tamo, 21, Rommel Plaga, 20 and Agustin Arceño Alitao, 14 were at the store of Anna Tumayao in the hacienda, sitting on the ground. Suddenly, the victim showed up his firearm, took the bullet from it and returned it again while using his cellphone. As the victim was rocking his body, according to his friends they heard a gunshot and saw the victim holding his stomach. He yelled to Rommel for help but the right arm of the victim fell on the side. Robert saw the firearm and took it from the hand of the victim and gave it to one alias Jek-jek.

At around 9:10 p.m. the victim was brought to City Health Office for medical attention.

He was pronounced dead at about 9:30 p.m. by Dr. Josabel Fernandez Macote.

The firearm was turned over by John Retio, grandfather of the victim, to police authorities.* (CMG)


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