A lone gunman entered a popular casino in the Philippine capital late last night and started shooting at slot machines and setting fires. At least 36 people were killed. The gunman took his own life after a shootout with police. Terrorism has been ruled out as the gunman’s motive.

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At least 36 people were killed late Thursday night when an armed man stormed a casino in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. After exchanges of fire between the armed man and the police officers who were rushed to the scene, the suspect killed himself. The local authorities have concluded that this incident was not a terror attack.

The shooting began at around midnight (local time) when the gunman entered the Resorts World Manila casino. It is suspected that he planned to rob the place. The suspect began shooting at slot machines and setting tables on fire, prompting many guests and employees to flee the scene. According to local reports, many of the victims suffocated due to the smoke.

Manila, last night

Manila, last night Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Ernesto Abella, a spokesperson for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, confirmed that the incident was not related to terrorism. “All of the indications point to a criminal act that was carried out by a man who was disturbed,” he said. “Even though the gunman fired several times, there’s no proof that he was trying to harm the guests at the scene.”