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Five dead in Philippine motorbike ‘shooting spree’

Investigators trying to establish the motive behind what appeared to be random shootings

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 May, 2014, 3:20pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 May, 2014, 3:20pm
 

Two men on a motorcycle killed five people in an apparent shooting spree in a suburb of the Philippine capital on Sunday, a police official said.

Investigators are still trying to establish the motive behind what appeared to be random shootings, said Inspector Roldante Sarmiento, deputy chief of the neighbourhood in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, where the killings took place.

“There were five people in four different locations. They had no connection. They were just bystanders. We have no idea why they were shot,” he said.

“It looks like a shooting spree,” he said.

The two men on a motorcycle started their rampage before dawn in a commercial district of Quezon City, first shooting a man riding a motorcycle, then a woman waiting for a bus, Sarmiento said.

They then shot dead a man and a woman on a motorcycle and lastly killed a scavenger picking through rubbish before they fled, he added.

In the past, many hired gunmen in the Philippines have killed their victims while on motorbikes, escaping swiftly while using their helmets to hide their identities.

However witnesses told police that the killers in this incident did not appear to be looking for any particular target, Sarmiento added.

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P Blair
The Philippines elites and criminal gangs have increased their blood lust from just robbery, kidnappings, rape and murder to something even more sinister and terrible like random sport shooting of other innocent Pinoys. It's now become just like going on safari to hunt other innocent humans. Philippines society have become sick and psychopathic much like their leader Aquino.
Mikado
So now the Philippines have become a place where Filipinos goes on a shooting spree of other Filipinos like going for a duck shoot. Congratulations President Aquino for making the Philippines into another American Wild West. Maybe now, the trigger happy Americans can come for some duck shoot too.
ejmciii
True they need a government like Mainland China that makes sure that it is the one doing all the killing and stealing. Good point.

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