A suspected drug addict kills 8 people in Kawit Cavite shooting spree Friday morning.
Eight people were killed, with at least 10 others hurt after a suspected drug dealer went on a shooting rampage early Friday, January 4, in Kawit, Cavite.
The suspect, Ronald Bae, started shooting his neighbors with a .45 semi-automatic pistol at around 9:30 a.m. for no apparent reason, according to authorities. A total of 8 were killed who included the gunman’s four-year-old godchild. Five (5) other victims are still admitted in a nearby hospital and in critical conditions.
Authorities say the rampage began near Bae’s home and nearby neighbors were among those killed. The gunman then walked towards a nearby market, shooting anyone who crossed his path. The shooting spree lasted for about half an hour, until the suspect was killed in a gun-battle between him and police officers.
Initial investigations say that no motive for the killings had been determined, however, police officers say that the suspect had been drinking heavily the night before. He was also tagged in a drug dealing syndicate. Bae, according to reports, was notorious for using methamphetamine (locally referred to as ‘shabu’). Drug “paraphernalia” used for shabu had been found at Bae’s home.
Malacanang Palace condemned Friday’s killings, emphasizing the need to get unlicensed firearms off the streets. ”This incident will certainly fuel the efforts of the PNP (Philippine National Police) in its drive against loose firearms,” spokeswoman Abigal Valte said.
There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the Philippines last year, with another 600,000 unlicensed weapons in circulation, according to data from the police firearms and explosives office.