Failed Politician Kills 8 in Philippines Rampage

Ronald Bae killed in shootout with police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2013 11:29 AM CST
Failed Politician Kills 8 in Philippines Rampage
Neighbors look at the spot where a gunman, later identified as Ronald Bae, was killed by responding police following a shooting rampage in Kawit township, Jan. 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

(Newser) – A man who was apparently intoxicated fatally shot eight people today, including a pregnant woman and a 7-year-old girl, before he was shot dead by police near the Philippine capital, officials said. At least eight other people were wounded in the shooting rampage in Kawit township, about 10 miles south of Manila, said Cavite provincial Gov. Jonvic Remulla. He identified the gunman as Ronald Bae, a man in his 30s or 40s. "He just shot at anyone he saw," Rumella said. "He even killed the dog."

According to the governor, Bae left his Kawit neighborhood about a year ago after he lost an election for village chairman, and returned Monday due to a "marital problem" with his wife, whom he had left in northern Pampanga province before New Year's. He'd been on a "drug and alcohol binge" since his arrival, and today returned to a store where he and his friends had been drinking and began shooting up the surrounding neighborhood, Remulla said. Police are now looking for the caretaker of Bae's Kawit home, who was allegedly seen reloading Bae's gun. (Read more Ronald Bae stories.)

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