In the wake of the New Year’s celebration shooting incidents that resulted to the death of a 7-year old girl, another shooting incident occurred early this morning (January 4) by a gunman believed to be high on drugs and intoxicated. Reportedly, the gunman runs amok, shoots neighbors and bystanders in Kawit, Cavite resulting to death of 7 people and wounded 9 others early Friday morning in Brgy. Tabon 1. The gunman identified as Ronald Bae was accompanied by a certain John Paul who escorted the shooter after they emerged from his house brandishing two firearms including .45 pistol around 9 a.m.
List of fatalities were Rhea de Vera, 34, who was pregnant, her son John Monica De Vera, 3, and Michaella Andrea Caimol, 7, who were both neighbors of the shooter. The other identified fatalities were Alberto Fernandez, 55, Boyet Toledo, Irene Funelas, 38, and Al Oreo.
The 9 wounded victims were Ken Cedric Caimol, 3; Maricel Pajal, 27; Michele Caimol, 2; Emelinda Aquepel, 41; Ricky Dumip-ig, 17; Kevin Vallada, 5; Cheveri Ayson, 46; Antonio Drio, 15; and Baby Anolacion, 33.
According to witnesses, people scampered for safety but the gunman went from house to house seeking targets while John Paul reloads Bae’s firearms. A scary scene likely seen on National Geographic or Discovery Channel’s documentary episodes about massacres and reminded us of Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The rampage ended when the gunman alias “Bossing,” was shot dead in a gun battle with police, said district police chief Jaime Rollon. John Paul remains at large with Php 100,000 above his head placed by the local government of Cavite.
Friday’s shooting comes amid a debate over the country’s lawless gun culture, which was sparked by the death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve.
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The death triggered outrage and condemnation of poor law enforcement that allows hundreds of thousands of unregistered firearms to be on the streets.
There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the Philippines as of last year, according to data from the police firearms and explosives office.
There were another roughly 600,000 unlicensed firearms in circulation across the Philippines, according to the office’s records.
*with reports from GMA-7 24 Oras and RAPPLER.
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