Police find lone bullet wound in attacker's head, contrary to Resorts World claim that a security officer shot him in the leg
MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed through DNA testing that the cadaver found in Room 510 of the Maxims Hotel at the Resorts World Manila complex on Friday was that of the attacker, lone gunman Jessie Carlos.
PNP- Crime Laboratory Director Chief Superintendent Aurelio Trampe, said they got a buccal swab from Carlos' parents and the suspect's own muscle tissue for matching.
DNA analysis showed a 99.99% match.
Carlos, a former Department of Finance employee who had family problems and was deep in debt, was behind the pre-dawn attack at the entertainment and gaming complex on June 2, torching gaming tables and stealing casino chips.
Thirty-seven employees and guests perished in the incident.
“The DNA profile obtained from the muscle tissue taken from the unidentified male cadaver is consistent with having come from the offspring of Ferdinand Carlos and Teodora Carlos. That’s the conclusion. The probability of the parentage for the case is 99.99%. Iyon ang anak ng mag-asawa na kinunan ng DNA standard, “ Trampe said.
The Crime Lab also said Carlos sustained only one gunshot wound, which resulted from the suspect shooting himself in the chin. An exit wound was found on his head.
The finding contradicted the report given by Resorts World Manila that a security officer was able to shoot the gunman in his leg, causing him to limp and slowing him down during the attack.
"Walang nakitang other gunshot wound na tinamaan siya," Trampe said.
The official said it was possible that Carlos was already heavily fatigued, that's why he was seen moving slowly in security footage of the attack.
Trampe said blood found on Carlos' face could have been caused by a bullet which ricocheted during the encounter.
PNP Crime Lab findings also showed that Carlos intended to put the room on fire, and not himself.
Forensic investigation meanwhile confirmed that victims died of suffocation, said PNP Crime Lab Medical Officer 4 Dr. Jane Monzon.
"Lumalambot na po because of suffocation, you cannot really ascertain or approximate the time of death kase nga yung environment kulob, tapos basa. Yung bacteria doon madaling mag-set in," Monzon said.
One victim, meanwhile, died due to a heart attack.
Aside from these findings, the Crime Lab did not see any irregularities in initial reports, other than the report that five people were killed from shootings.
Resorts World employees who died in the attack were easily identified as they wore IDs and were in uniform.