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Stray bullet narrowly misses infants in Manila hospital nursery

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MANILA, Philippines — “Fortunately lucky” was how a doctor described the newborn babies in the pediatric ward of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, after a stray bullet went through the second floor roof of the building early Tuesday, New Year’s day.

Dr. Romeo Bituin, head of the hospital Health Emergency Management Staff reported the incident at the Manila Police District General Assignment Section Tuesday afternoon.

Bituin said that at around 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday, at the height of the New Year revelry, one of the mothers guarding their babies saw a bullet pierce through the roof, hit an iron rail of a baby’s crib and bounced on the wall before it landed on the floor.

The pediatric ward is located on the second floor of the hospital, according to Bituin.

He explained that no one was hurt in the incident, but it caused tension and anxiety among the mothers and the staff in the hospital.

“We want to submit for examination the bullet to determine its origin,’’ Bituin said.

The hospital is located in Sta. Cruz, Manila and is inside the sprawling Manila City Jail compound and bounded on the right by the Sta. Cruz police station, according to Bituin.

SPO1 James Poso of the MPD-General Assignment Section, the bullet would be submitted to forensic investigation to determine its origin.

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Tags: babies , Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital , gunfire , New Year , New Year accidents , New Year deaths , New Year fatalities , new year revelry , Newborn babies , nurseries , stray bullets

  • Love God

    Only in the Philippines. 

    People kill others and die themselves in the name of celebrating new year. Few years ago it was happened to us also. Bullet fired from an M16 rifle  pierce through the roof and landed on a wooden railing. Thank God we were safe. Since then we take cover under concrete during xmas and new year.

    Sometimes I wish its better not to have these kind of MAD celebration.  

  • jga94

    There should be a serious, widespread crackdown on loose firearms and tighter restrictions on gun ownerships…..now na….

  • $38346712

    Save your bullets for Chinese invasion.

  • WeAry_Bat

    I don’t recall any law about all guns to have a ballistic ‘fingerprint’ – sample of bullet fired and ejected casing.  It should be done.  It would leave only the reckless legal gun owner and illegal gun owners in the question.

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