MANILA, Philippines – The Far Eastern University basketball player who was shot Thursday night is already in stable condition, web site Inboundspass.com reported.
Quoting FEU coach Glen Capacio, Baracael, who plays forward for the Tamaraws men’s basketball team, will be under observation for the next 24 hours.
Baracael was transferred to the Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City.
FEU athletic director Mark Molina confirmed that Baracael was in stable condition but did not elaborate.
According to Anton Montinola, the FEU representative to the Board of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, Baracael, a key player on the FEU rotation, was shot just outside the Philtrust Bank at the corner of Morayta and R. Papa streets.
“He was with two other players when [Baracael] was shot with a .45-caliber pistol,” Montinola said.
Montinola said in a text message that the gunman walked away after he fired two shots.
Dr. Honesto Marcos of the surgery department of the hospital said that Baracael was brought to the emergency room at around 8:35 p.m. by teammates and was taken to the operating room immediately after.
“The point of entry of the bullet was approximately through the lower thorax posterior aspect, left side, and then it exited just below the nipple line,” Marcos said.