A one-year old baby girl died after she was hit by a stray bullet while playing inside their house in Negros Occidental, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
In a statement, the PNP said the victim was inside their house with her grandparents and other kin when she was hit by a stray bullet in the afternoon of December 5.
Police report stated that the baby’s family said they heard two gunshots followed by a loud sound from the galvanized iron corrugated wall. The next thing they saw, the baby was already lying on the floor with her head bleeding.
The baby was rushed to the hospital in Manapla town and transferred to another medical facility in Bacolod City. The victim died past 11 p.m. on December 6, 2021.
The PNP said Nomar Ayan Bero, 46, turned himself in to the authorities on December 7 after confessing that he was the one who fired the caliber .38 revolver in the area.
Bero is now under police custodial investigation following his surrender to authorities, it added.
“As we dig deeper into this, we would like to check on the documents of the suspects for carrying such firearm. Our investigators are already preparing all material and testimonial evidence to support the case,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.
“Bero will be charged accordingly, based on the appreciation of the prosecutor of the evidence presented by police investigators,” he added.
Carlos also directed Western Visayas PNP Regional Director, PBGEN Flynn Dongbo, to “closely monitor the progress of investigation to establish an airtight case leading to a successful prosecution.”