Philippine Military Academy

1 killed, 1 injured in PMA barracks shooting

Rambo Talabong
1 killed, 1 injured in PMA barracks shooting
A rifle-toting soldier shoots down another inside the Philippine Military Academy

A shooting at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) barracks on Tuesday afternoon, September 29, left one dead and two soldiers injured.

In a statement, the PMA said the shooting transpired at around 4:50 pm, when an “Air Force Airman Second Class went amuck and fired indiscriminately in their barracks.”

According to the report of the Baguio City police, the shooting incident involved shooter Airman 2nd Class Christopher Lim of the Philippine Air Force, who carried an M16 rifle into the B-1022 EP barracks of the PMA.

At the second floor of the building, Lim shot Staff Sergeants Joefrey Turqueza and Vivencio Raton. Turqueza died, while Raton was injured as he engaged in a scuffle with Lim.

Both Lim and Raton were injured from the fight and brought to a nearby hospital, while Turqueza was declared dead on the spot.

It is unclear what motivated Lim to shoot his colleagues.

“Investigation is still ongoing. The PMA is committed to an impartial investigation in order to shed light on the said incident,” the PMA said in its statement. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.