Gunman in Casino Attack to Guests: 'Get Out! Get Out!'

Security footage of Philippines rampage released, cops don't think it was terrorism
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2017 6:58 AM CDT
Gunman in Casino Attack to Guests: 'Get Out! Get Out!'
Employees wait by the entrance to the Resorts World Manila complex on Saturday, a day after a gunman stormed the crowded Manila casino in the Philippines.   (Bullit Marquez)

The gunman in a deadly casino rampage in the Philippines was seen on security camera footage firing his gun in the air, setting fires, and shooting at security forces as he moved through the building during an attack that left at least 38 people dead, the AP reports. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the rampage early Friday, but authorities say it looked like a botched robbery and that there was no obvious link to terrorism. The victims appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, police say. At a news conference Saturday, authorities showed the security footage to the media and said the gunman's identity was still unknown. The taxi driver who dropped the man off at the Resorts World Manila complex said the man spoke Tagalog and was alone, Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde noted.

"If he was a suicidal terrorist, then he would have gone on a killing spree," Albayalde said. "And yet he killed no one, even those people running in front of him. He was even saying, 'Get out! Get out!'" According to cops, the man stormed into the casino and used gasoline to torch gambling tables. The fire caused clouds of smoke that killed 37 people from smoke inhalation, Albayalde said. Police say the suspect, an English-speaking, fair-complexioned man in his 40s, was armed with an assault rifle but didn't shoot anyone during the attack. Police say that the man stole more than $2 million worth of casino chips, though he apparently abandoned them in a toilet soon after. The gunman fled to an adjoining hotel and killed himself. Albayalde said police were getting more CCTV pictures and questioning the taxi driver who dropped the suspect off at the casino. (More Philippines stories.)

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