TIMELINE: Resorts World Manila attack

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Posted at Jun 02 2017 11:18 AM | Updated as of Jun 02 2017 07:36 PM

Fear and panic gripped the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City late Thursday until early Friday after a fire alarm was raised and gunshots were heard from the entertainment complex.

Below is a timeline of the incident that left at least 36 people dead and 54 injured.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

12:53 a.m. - The MMDA announced on its Twitter account that the first fire alarm was raised at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

1:07 a.m. - The Resorts World Manila was placed on lockdown after gunshots were heard from the entertainment complex in Pasay City.

1:22 a.m. - Civilians rushing out of the entertainment complex said a gunman wearing a bonnet was running amok inside the casinos.

1:53 a.m. - The US State Department advised its citizens to avoid the Resorts World Manila area, including areas near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, after gunshots and explosions were reported.

2:07 a.m. - Resorts World Manila issued an official statement confirming that the facility was "on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men."

2:15 a.m. - Eyewitnesses said a gunman torched casino tables inside the establishment.

2:22 a.m. - News agency Agence France Press tweeted that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

4:19 a.m. - Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa said the operatives were on the hunt for a lone Caucasian-looking male suspect; ruled out terrorist angle as no violence was committed directly against people inside the complex.

4:21 a.m. - Police said robbery might be the motive as the suspect reportedly ransacked the storage room for casino chips.

4:24 a.m. - Civilians broke windows from the 3rd floor of the complex to escape.

4:27 a.m. - Dela Rosa slammed Resorts World Manila management for trying to contain the situation by themselves, and for reporting the incident to police late.

4:30 a.m. - US President Donald Trump said he was closely monitoring developments on the Resorts World Manila incident

6:15 a.m. - Police said the suspect was a "gambling addict who went crazy".

6:25 a.m. - PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa, in an interview on ANC's Early Edition, said the suspect has been killed.

6:44 a.m. - Police said the gunman committed suicide by setting himself on fire inside a hotel room.

8:15 a.m. - Authorities released photos of the gunman.

8:30 a.m. - Police released photos of the suspect's charred remains

9:30 a.m. - Resorts World operator Travellers International Hotel Group shares went down 8.82 percent to P3.10.

10:16 a.m. - At least 36 bodies were found on the second and third floors of the resort casino. Bureau of Fire Protection officials said most of the casualties died due to suffocation.

10:36 a.m. - Police said they have established the identity of the gunman, but refused to divulge details as investigations are still ongoing.

11:45 a.m. - Death toll rises, 37 confirmed dead including the still unidentified gunman. Authorities said most of those killed were found at the gaming area.

12:12 p.m - Resorts World Manila Chief Operating Officer Stephen Reilly faced the press, said the "fire safety equipment worked as they should."

"Our problem was smoke, not fire," he said.

He also said security personnel in premises didn't carry firearms and "didn't engage" suspects as it could have worsened the situation.

3:00 p.m. - Families wait for updates outside the casino complex. 

3:18 p.m. - Reilly faced the press anew to confirm the identities of the 32 fatalities. Four other victims remain unidentified.

3:22 p.m. - Reilly broke down before the press as he confirmed that Resorts World Manila security officials managed to shoot the gunman before the suspect holed up in a Maxims Hotel room.

Reilly praised and thanked members of the resort casino's security team who sustained gun shot wounds while pursuing the suspect.

3:24 p.m. - Reilly reiterated that contrary to civilians' reports, only one gunman was involved in the "senseless attack." He also requested the public to refrain from sharing false information.

3:30 p.m.- Resorts World Manila releases the list of names of fatalities.

5:43 p.m.- Death toll rises to 38, including the gunman, according to NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde.

5:55 p.m.- Department of Health Asec. Eric Tayag said 67 people were injured in the attack, 17 of which were already sent home while others were brought to different hospitals.

6:00 p.m. - Resorts World Manila employees remember fallen colleagues. 

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