A six-year-old boy died after his 13-year-old cousin allegedly accidentally shot him while they were playing at their house in Umingan, Pangasinan.
According to a report by Russel Simorio on GMA Regional TV news on Friday, the tragedy happened inside a house in Barangay Don Montano.
During the police investigation, the cousins were playing when the 13-year-old allegedly saw the gun above the cabinet.
“Kinalabit ng bata, accidentally tinamaan yung kaniyang pinsan. Na-shock daw yung pinsan niya na nakabaril. So ni-report daw niya ito sa mama niya, halos hindi nga siya makapagsalita,” ayon kay Police Leiutenant Socorro Arciaga, Deputy Chief ng Umingan Police Station.
(The child pulled the trigger and the bullet accidentally hit his cousin. He said his cousin who shot was shocked. So he reported it to his mother, he could hardly speak.)
The young man allegedly thought that the gun that belonged to the victim's father who had passed away was just a toy.
The victim was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
The parents handed over their young son and took him to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.
The young man allegedly suffered trauma and could hardly speak due to the tragedy.
Authorities are still trying to get the statement of the victim's family and the teenager's family, according to the report.
Authorities advised the public to inform them if there are loose firearms in their homes to prevent similar incidents.
3 dead in shooting near Maguindanao voting precinct
Three employees of the barangay peacekeeping action team (BPAT) guarding a precinct this election in Buluan, Maguindanao were killed after being shot by unidentified assailants.
The incident happened around 8:15 a.m., Monday, causing hundreds of voters to flee the area. Voting at Buluan Central School was delayed.
According to some witnesses, the suspects were riding in a black sports utility vehicle when the victims were shot before fleeing.
Bongcayao is already in contact with the witnesses to immediately identify the aforementioned.
The Commission on Elections has not yet responded to a media question regarding the incident.