Monday, September 19, 2011

'Drunk' guard accidentally fires, hits 2 Korean kids

CEBU CITY -- A security guard accidentally fired his service firearm and hit two children and a woman.
Two and six-year-old Korean nationals, together with their babysitter, Marie Amarila,26, were rushed to the Perpetual Succour Hospital after being hit in the different parts of their body.
The incident happened outside a Korean restaurant in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City last Saturday at 7:10 p.m.
Amarilla said she was standing in the parking lot next to the guard house with the two children whom she baby-sits.
The next thing she knew, she heard a gunshot and they were already wounded.
According to the investigation of the Homicide Section of the Cebu City Police Office, security guard John Carlos Rafols, 25, was allegedly drunk when he arrived for duty.
Senior Police Officer 4 Alex Dacua of the Homicide Section said that while the victims were standing near the guardhouse, Rafols was cleaning his caliber 38 revolver.
“Maybe, he accidentally pulled the trigger and the slug ricocheted from the wall to the victims,” said Dacua.
Rafols said he did not intentionally shot the victims and that it was just plain accident.
Amarilla was hit on his neck, while the two children were hit on the chest and thigh.
A case of reckless imprudence resulting to multiple injuries will be filed against Rafols.
In a separate incident, a man was shot dead Sunday noon in Carbon Public Market.
Roland "Tagalog" Gregorio, 35, was shot dead by an unidentified man in the head.
The gunman left three bullets in Gregorio’s head, said Police Officer 3 Wetzel Berry of the Homicide Section.
Berry said they are still investigating the background of the victim to check for leads.
Berry said there were witnesses on the incident, but they failed to get information from these witnesses.
"Puros dili manug-an kay mangahadlok (They’re holding back out of fear)," said Berry.
Police are still investigating on the suspect’s identity who is still at large.

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