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A gunman armed with a semi-automatic pistol killed at least five people and wounded 11 others as he rampaged through a slum on the outskirts of the Philippine capital on Friday, authorities said.

The ordeal, which took place in a rundown residential area and a market about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Manila, ended when the gunman died in a gunbattle with police, said investigating officer Arnulfo Lopez.

"It was random. He would fire at anybody who crossed his path," Lopez told AFP.

A seven-year-old girl was one of the people killed, with four other children among the wounded, according to Lopez.

He identified the suspect as Ronaldo Bae, a middle-aged man who had once contested and lost an election for the post of local village chief. Initial police reports had identified the gunman as "Ronald Pae".

Lopez said no motive for the killings had yet been determined, but residents told AFP Bae had been drinking heavily on Thursday night.

They said the rampage began near Bae's home in a rundown part of Kawit town and nearby neighbours were among those killed.

"He was running swiftly and waving his gun... I told my children, and grandchildren to run," Maita Lacorte, one of Bae's neighbours and the aunt of the dead seven-year-old girl, told AFP.

Lopez said Bae shot dead the girl in her home.

Another neighbour, 56-year-old Alberto Fernandez, was also shot as he stood on his porch, according to the victim's brother-in-law, Lito Ronquillo.

Ronquillo spoke to AFP in the narrow street where the initial shootings took place. A bullet hole could be seen in a window above the porch where Fernandez died.

Bae then walked towards a nearby market, shooting more people before returning home where police demanded he surrender, according to Lopez.

"He opened fire on the police. So a gunbattle ensued which resulted in the death of the suspect," Lopez said.

Lopez said Bae had been using a .45 semi-automatic pistol. He said the four other confirmed fatalities were adults.

Bae's household caretaker, identified as "John Paul", accompanied Bae during his rampage and was seen reloading his gun, according to Lopez.

A manhunt had been launched for the accomplice, Lopez said.

Friday's shooting comes amid a debate over the country's lawless gun culture, which was sparked by the death of a seven-year-old girl who was shot in the head by celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve.

Stephanie Ella and her father were watching a fireworks display outside their home in a Manila suburb on Monday when a bullet, fired by a person welcoming in the New Year, hit her.

The death triggered outrage and condemnation of poor law enforcement that allows hundreds of thousands of unregistered firearms to be on the streets.

"This incident should not be allowed to become just another statistic," Vice President Jejomar Binay said in response to Ella's death.

"We have enough laws to penalise but the problem has always been in the enforcement of laws."

Kawit district police chief officer Jaime Rollon said firearms were common in the area.

"There are a lot of people with guns here. There are civilians with guns, even without official permits to carry. They can find a way," he said.

There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the Philippines as of last year, according to data from the police firearms and explosives office.

There were another roughly 600,000 unlicensed firearms in circulation across the Philippines, according to the office's records.

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Topper

Another one who when over the edge. Just killed people at random. Your heart has to go out for the unfortunate people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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bargeman

Switzerland yesterday also had a random shooting. Looks like this is slowly becoming a world wide problem.

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eggnoggin

killing ones fellow man is a human preoccupation..whether its movies..books..video games..politics...its mans inhumanity to god..the psychosexually dysmorphics simply project their inability to process responsibility for behavior into the physically potential characteristics of inanimate objects or vague ..nebulous ..masturbatory terms like crazy..world responsibility..the world village..equality ...fairness..level the playing field..collective responsibility..eventually a self imposed dictator or disease culls them to a level sustainable in a coherent cogent system.. :wheel:

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rfm010

killing ones fellow man is a human preoccupation..whether its movies..books..video games..politics...its mans inhumanity to god..the psychosexually dysmorphics simply project their inability to process responsibility for behavior into the physically potential characteristics of inanimate objects or vague ..nebulous ..masturbatory terms like crazy..world responsibility..the world village..equality ...fairness..level the playing field..collective responsibility..eventually a self imposed dictator or disease culls them to a level sustainable in a coherent cogent system.. :wheel:

 

well, i wouldn't put it quite like that, but you do seem to have the basic gist of it.

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Kahuna

well, i wouldn't put it quite like that, but you do seem to have the basic gist of it.

 

It wouldn't be easy to post things the same way he does..it's a style he owns.

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Headshot

Wasn't it just a week or so ago that we had a thread where somebody was explaining why this sort of thing doesn't happen in the Philippines? Right. That's what I thought.

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rfm010
Bae's household caretaker, identified as "John Paul", accompanied Bae during his rampage and was seen reloading his gun, according to Lopez.

 

condolences to the families involved.

 

 

probably shouldn't make light of such things but it did cross my mind that such loyalty in caretakers has become a rare thing.

 

so alcohol, mental instability, and access to a gun explains the shooter, but really, what's up with that caretaker?

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rfm010

do it or die !!!

 

interesting moral question. which would you do? (a rhetorical you--i'm not trying to nail you down in particular)

 

of course if you are reloading, you have a loaded gun in your own hand with which to shoot the shooter. not sure that would work as a defense for him.

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if you are reloading, you have a loaded gun in your own hand with which to shoot the shooter.

 

Only if it was a revolver

 

I seen a guy in manila that had a revolver with a barrel as long as my arm --- about 5am in the morning and I took my ass the other direction

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tom_shor

No mystery here, mentally unstable person + gun = rampage.

 

Or a Bolo

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As tragic as this is I think we all know this is not unique to The Philippines. Two much worse incidences happened this year in the good ol'USA.

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