MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured after a suspected drug addict went on a shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite Friday morning.
Police said the suspect, identified as Ronald Bae, shot his neighbors in Barangay Tabon 1 at around 9:30 a.m. using a .45-caliber pistol.
He was shot dead by responding policemen at around 11 a.m.
The other fatalities were Abet Fernandez, the first person to be shot; Boyet Toledo, a tricycle driver; Rhea De Vera, a pregnant woman; Michaela Caimol, a 7-year-old girl; Irene Funelas, a fruit vendor; a certain Adoracion Cabrera; and three still unnamed victims.
The 10 injured victims, meanwhile, were mostly children. One of them was De Vera's child. De Vera and her child were inside a bathroom when they were shot by Bae.
In an earlier interview with dzMM, Kawit Councilor Gerry Jarin said Bae had been drinking since Thursday evening.
"Pinasok niya (Bae) ang mga bahay, pinuntahan niya, pilit niyang pinapasok at pinagbabaril ang mga tao," Jarin said.
Caimol was shot in the chest while her siblings, 3-year-old KC and 2-year-old Rachel, were wounded. KC was the suspect's goddaughter.
Investigators found sachets containing suspected drugs inside the slain suspect's house.
They also found out that Bae was assisted by a certain John Paul in the rampage. They said John Paul helped Bae in reloading his pistol.
|Poster of Ronald Bae. Photo courtesy of Noel Alamar, DZMM
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla has raised P100,000 for the immediate arrest of Bae's alleged accomplice.
Remulla said there were reports that Bae, who lost his electoral bid in Kawit in the 2010 elections, had marital problems. Neighbors said Bae had only returned to Kawit from his residence in Pampanga just two days ago.
Today's shooting is the latest incident to grip the nation following the stray bullet death of 7-year-old Stephanie Ella in Caloocan City.
The shooting has triggered concerned citizens and officials to call for stricter enforcement of gun control laws. – reports from Eric Dastas and Noel Alamar, dzMM