A possible interest in guns as a result of his passion for playing online video games led a 12-year-old student to smuggle his policeman father’s service firearm into school.
This is what the police in the city of San Jose Del Monte (SJDM) in Bulacan are mainly looking at who is behind the child firing a gun while allegedly playing with it in the school bathroom before 6 a.m. Thursday.
The Grade 6 student died at the hospital from a bullet wound to his head.
According to Police Lt Col Ronaldo Lumactod Jr, SJDM police chief, the child’s parent told the police about the child’s fascination with such games.
“Actually, ‘yong bata is fascinated, fascinated siya sa mga guns because of, na-influence siya ng online gaming like Mobile Legends and Counterstrike. So akala niya, ‘yong hawak niyang baril ay the same with the firearms na ginagamit nila during CounterStrike,” said Lumactod.
“So gusto niyang ma-feel ‘yong ‘the real McCoy’, the real firearms na nakikita niya sa kanyang tatay. So, noong kinuha niya ‘yong baril ng tatay niya, hindi niya alam ‘yong ill effect, ‘yong repercussion na mangyayari ‘pag pumutok ang totoong baril.”
According to the police report, the bullet hit the boy’s muzzle and exited his nose before hitting the ceiling.
The child was taken to the hospital in stable condition 3 hours after the incident, but according to the police, a CT scan revealed that there was shrapnel left in part of his brain.
After 1 pm, he was pronounced dead.
12-year-old dead after playing with father’s gun
Police are still open to other angles behind the incident.
The 9mm service gun that the policeman’s father used to carry is now in the hands of the PNP’s Forensic Group.
Lumactod said the father was still at home when the incident happened.
According to the PNP, the father, who holds the rank of executive master sergeant, is stationed at the Directorate for Police Community Relations in Kampo Crame.
Police are also investigating how the boy got hold of the gun.
Some of the possible charges the police may face are reckless negligence and neglect of duty.
The police and the local government of San Jose Del Monte notified the schools in the city to tighten their security and inspect the items brought inside.
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