Gunman rode cab to Resorts World Manila, police say

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2017 03:18 AM | Updated as of Jun 03 2017 08:36 AM

The Resorts World Manila gunman rode a cab to the casino, Metro Manila's police chief said Friday.

National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde said they learned Friday afternoon that the gunman who ran amok at Resorts World Manila rode a cab and not a private car.

“He went there on a taxi and he was bringing with him two large bags and he dressed up inside an elevator and then went up to the second floor,” Albayalde said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.

Police have the cab’s body number and are now trying to locate its driver.

“We’re in the process of getting in touch with cab driver,” Albayalde said.

Although the gunman's body was found charred in hotel room 510, he can still be identified, according to Albayalde.

“Yes, I think the forensics is still intact and our team will conduct autopsy on the cadaver. From the serial number of the firearm, we will be able to establish the identity of the owner,” he said.

Albayalde said the police forensics team will take 2-3 days’ time to come up with a report.

He added that they are also coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation and their foreign counterparts in a joint effort to identify the gunman.

Albayalde said the gunman may have frequented the casino, saying some of the resort hotel's personnel “could probably identify the gunman.”