- Title: Philippine police says casino gunman "deranged," rules out Islamic State links
- Date: 2nd June 2017
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JUNE 2, 2017) (REUTERS) FIRE TRUCK DRIVING BY STREET OUTSIDE HOTEL / SMOKE COMING OUT OF HOTEL WINDOW MAXIMS HOTEL EXTERIOR FIREMEN HOSING BURNED HOTEL WINDOW AMBULANCE ARRIVING VARIOUS OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WAITING FOR VICTIM TO BE BROUGHT OUT AMBULANCE LEAVING (SOUNDBITE) (English/Filipino) NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION POLICE CHIEF, OSCAR ALBAYALDE, SAYING: "What we saw there is one suspect which looked deranged, felt really angry and entered Resorts World while carrying what appears to be a baby armalite. When he entered, everyone got scared when they saw him carrying a gun so everyone ran. That caused the injuries of our countrymen." POLICEMEN WALKING BYSTANDERS LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (English/Filipino) NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION POLICE CHIEF, OSCAR ALBAYALDE, SAYING: "I think so, there's no indication that this is a terror attack because he was alone and did not bring anything and we recovered his bag and all it contained was chips of the casino." AMBULANCES ON STANDBY REPORTERS ON STANDBY OUTSIDE HOTEL
- Embargoed: 16th June 2017 02:25
- Keywords: police not terrorism related gunman Philippines casino attack
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JL3Y2T
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- Story Text: A police official said the gunman who attacked a casino in Manila on Friday (June 2) was alone and "deranged," ruling out possibilities he was working with Islamist militants currently occupying a southern Philippine city.
National Capital Region Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said the gunman did not directly harm anyone and only gathered casino chips in a bag.
Hundreds of staff and hotel visitors evacuated the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex on Thursday midnight (June 1) after the gunman sprayed bullets and set casino tables alight.
At least 50 injured people have been brought to hospitals due to the incident, including one security guard who accidentally shot himself while responding to the gunman.
Around dawn, the body of the suspected gunman was found in a hotel room in the complex. Police said it appeared the suspect had killed himself after firing at armed officers searching the still-smoking building.
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