Probers checking firearm holders in vicinity where girl was felled by bullet

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Stray bullet victim Stephanie Nicole Ella (rigthmost) poses for a photo with other children on New Year’s Eve. Complimentary photo

MANILA, Philippines—Investigators are checking several firearms license holders who may have fired their guns during the New Year revelry in Caloocan, in an attempt to pinpoint who could have killed seven-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella during the countdown to New Year.

Senior Inspector Leonilo Padulaga of Caloocan police said there were roughly 10 firearms license holders near the area where Nicole was hit by a stray bullet during the New Year revelry on Tuesday.

Nicole was confined at East Avenue Medical Center’s surgical intensive care unit since then and had been in deep coma after the bullet was lodged in her head. She was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday after suffering eight cardiac arrests.

“Yung tinitignan natin so far ay yung mga license holders na malapit lapit sa pinangyarihan,” Padulaga said, adding that their investigation still lacked basis as the bullet that hit the victims hasn’t been extracted from her head.

Nicole was set to undergo autopsy within the day. Padulaga said a scientific method of investigation would be conducted once the bullet was taken out from Nicole’s head.

Padulaga said six empty shells were recovered from three different areas adjacent to Nicole’s home along Malaria, Caloocan, where she was hit while watching a fireworks display.

Meanwhile, Nicole’s father, Jay, called on his neighbors to provide any information on anyone that they may have seen firing his/her gun during the New Year celebration.

“Kung sakaling may nakita silang nagpaputok ng baril, ireport nalang nila. Baka sakaling makatulong sa imbestigasyon ng pulis,” he said.

“Sana sa susunod na taon, wala nang kagaya ni Nicole na may kinabukasan pa na nasayang lang,” Jay added.

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  • andresa igbac

    RIP to the dead. At sa mga nakapatay at iba pang nagpaputok ng mga baril nila on new year’s eve, patatahimikin kaya kayo ng ng kunsensya nyo habang buhay?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

       wala atang konsensya ang mga mokong.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    now lang nag imbestiga ang mga walang—– pulis patola? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    We Pinoys truly are a dysfunctional group of people. Take the case of fireworks to celebrate the coming of the new year. Every year, the govt reminds the people to refrain from exploding certain types of firecrackers to prevent physical injuries. Some news stations even report that the sale of certain firecrackers are illegal. Every year the govt reminds gun owners not to fire their guns to avoid accidental injury aor death. Yet every year numerous people get injured and sometimes die from firecracker and/or gunfire injuries. Pinoys play this moro-moro every year. To end all this farce once and for all, I suggest the govt stop giving free treatments and start charging all victims of firecrackers. The govt should also get all gun owners to surrender their firearms to the PNP for safekeeping the entire month of December. That way if someone does get injured or dies from a gunshot would, then the only suspects left would be either the PNP or AFP (or MILF or Aby Sayyaf or private armies or … as you can see just about every Juan dela Tamad has a gun in the Phils and yet none have the balls to fight the Chinese who are encroaching on Phil territory which is another story). 

  • Boyet_825

    Perhaps the police or the government should post a cash reward to anyone who can provide an information that will eventually lead to the culprit. In all likelihood, those who fire guns during New Year do it publicly—para makapagyabang sila. I don’t think somebody will fire his gun in solitude during his New Year to celebrate (unless that fool is firing his gun to lodge a bullet to his own brain—na sana yun na nga lang ang ginawa niya para walang nadamay pang iba sa kalokohan at kayabangan niya). That said, there must be some witnessess each time a “New Year” gun firing is done. Chances are, may isa o dalawa o higit pa na nakakita na hindi natuwa bagkus ay nairita pa sa yabang ng gumagamit ng baril during New Year. There’s always a potential informant. And a cash reward, say, Php 100,000, is an attractive incentive for anyone to try his luck in the info reward program. If this recommendation is of any worth, sana makarating sa kinauukulan.

    • WeAry_Bat

       That is correct.  Pagyayabang yung pagputok ng baril. 

      Mey mga witnesses din yan.

  • Barak_O

    useless check

    for every licensed firearm

    there are 10 unlicensed

  • Bantay Bukas

    simpleng syensya lang ang kailangan para malaman humigit-kumulang kung saan nanggaling ang bala na tumama kay Nicole.

    1. sa pamamagitan ng autopsy, alamin ang anggulo ng pagpasok ng bala sa ulo ni Nicole.
    2. sa pamamagitan ng pag-interbyu ng mga magulang at ibang kasambahay at sa lokasyon ng dugo, alamin saan nakatayo, saan nakaharap at kung paano nakapostura ang katawan at ulo ni Nicole bago tamaan ng bala.
    3. alamin sa Pag-asa ano ang direksyon at velocity ng hangin kung saan sila Nicole nakatira ng mga oras ng tamaan siya ng bala.
    4. sa tatlong impormasyon pa lang na ito ay maari na nilang malaman humigit-kumulang kung saang direksyon nanggaling ang bala.
    5. pag nakuha na ang bala sa ulo ni Nicole, ay malalaman na kung anong klaseng baril ang ginamit at ang kalibre nito.  Pag ito ay nalaman ay kaya nang i-compute ano ang trajectory na tinahak ng bala, at pag nakuha na ang trajectory ay mapipinpoint at mananarrow down ang pinanggalingan ng bala.

    Hindi ito rocket science or pang CSI, autopsy, simpleng phsyics lang at konting galing sa pag iimbestiga ang kailangan dito, kaya’t hindi ko maintindihan bakit mula noon pa ay walang nahuhuling nagpapaputok sa ere tuwing bagong taon. Hindi sapat na yung mga lisensyadong may ari ng baril lang ang imbestigahan dahil malamang hindi lisensyadong baril ang ginamit, at yung sa vicinity lang ang susuyurin… konting syensya lang ang kailangan dito.

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