CABANATUAN CITY – A businessman was arrested for allegedly firing a pistol while five persons, including three minors, were hurt during New Year revelries in different parts of Nueva Ecija.
Gian Carlo de Guzman, 32, single and resident of Consuelo Subd., Barangay Bayanihan, Gapan City was held for allegedly firing a .9mm at Del Coro St., Barangay San Vicente of the said city at around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, said Police Col. Leon Victor Rosete, director of the Nueva Ecija police.
Rosete said police also recovered from the suspect 11 live bullets aside from the six unspent in the gun’s chamber.
Meanwhile, among those hurt in separate firecracker incidents were John, 11; Job, 7, both in Gapan City; Paul, 6, and his mother Cristina, 41, and Jay-ar, 10, all of San Jose City; and Allan Maghinang, 42, of Barangay Bulak, also of Gapan City.
Police said John suffered injury on his left hand after the sparkler he was playing with friends at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday suddenly exploded. Job, meanwhile, was hurt when the “luces” he was also playing exploded at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Paul was picking unexploded firecrackers when his mother went to stop him. But a firecracker just exploded and hit them both in the hands, prompting responders to rush them to San Jose City General Hospital which in turn referred them to Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City, police reported.
Maghinang, on the other hand, was under the influence liquor when he supposedly ignited ten pieces of “kwitis” that resulted to his injury, according to investigation.
Meanwhile, a construction worker identified as Marwin Adriano, 22, of Barangay Ibabao Bana this city was hit by a bullet from unknown origin. He was brought to the Nueva Ecija Doctor’s Hospital and an investigation is still in progress, police said.