Eight dead, six hurt in shooting spree in Philippines

May 19th, 2008 - 2:38 pm ICT by admin  

Manila, May 19 (DPA) Eight people were killed and six injured Monday in a shooting spree by an unidentified gunman in a farming village outside the Philippine capital, the police said. The suspect attacked before dawn, firing an automatic rifle on two houses in Hornalan village in the outskirts of Calamba City in Laguna province, 60 km south of Manila.

The victims, who belonged to two families, were sleeping during the attack, said provincial police director, Senior Superintendent Felipe Roxas Junior.

Roxas said the fatalities included four children.

“Investigators are quite baffled at this crime because there’s no apparent motive,” he said. “The families in the area are in good terms with each other and there’s no political motivation.”

The incident came just days after 10 people were killed with gunshots to the head in a deadly bank heist in nearby Cabuyao town, also in Laguna province.

The two killings were the worst in the province in recent years, and have prompted calls for tougher gun ownership restrictions in the Philippines.

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