Police identify lone gunman behind Philippine casino attack

Paterniano Del Favero
Giugno 19, 2017

The attack at Resorts World early Friday left 38 people dead, including Carlos, who set the casino tables on fire, resulting to the suffocation of those who mostly perished. It was then that he pulled an M4 assault rifle out of his bag, triggering a stampede.

Now, the police will look into the security system and preparedness at Resorts World Manila, and whether management should be held responsible if lapses are found. Carlos shot his automatic rifle into the air, but did not shot anyone in the casino.

Security experts and patrons at the casino on Friday expressed alarm at the apparent ease with which a lone gunman was able to enter the building, open fire and start a fire whose smoke killed more than 30 people.

The video footage shown to reporters Saturday appears to bolster the government's case that this was a botched robbery by a lone attacker with no known link to terrorism.

At a press conference on Sunday regarding the attack, National Capital Region Police Office Chief Oscar Albayalde said: "This could have probably triggered him, which is why he was so angry at the casinos".

Hotel security staff chased Carlos to the fifth floor of the hotel wing, where he was found dead hours later inside Room 510, after committing suicide by setting himself on fire.

He was also heavily indebted and had even sold his Ford Ranger to pay off debts.

Carlos, a tax specialist, was sacked as a staff at the One Stop Shop Tax Credit and Duty Drawback Centre of the finance department over questions about his assets and liabilities.

IS has carried two statements claiming responsibility for the attack, but there have been discrepancies.

In his first remarks on the assault, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that the attacker was simply "crazy". He owed more than $80,000, Albayalde said.

Police said they traced Mr. Carlos's movements ahead of the casino attack by reviewing CCTV footage of him. He had on a black jacket when he was dropped off at the casino on Friday at 12:07 a.m.by a taxi.

The video also showed him breaking into a secure room where chips and money were being kept, apparently intent on stealing what he could.

The gunman put on a mask as he got out of the lift and bypassed the metal detector, prompting the lady guard to run after him.

Police believe Carlos set fire to gambling tables as a diversion and fired a barrage of shots into a door to break it down.

He had stuffed chips totalling 113 million pesos ($2 million) in a backpack, but it was later recovered by police.

Footage next showed security personnel encountering the gunman in what appeared to be a stairwell. A South Korean died of a possible heart attack suffered during the evacuation, the Foreign Ministry in Seoul said.

The man who attempted to rob a Manila casino, leading to the deaths of 37 people, had fallen prey to the gambling industry, his parents told CNN Philippines.

Although the casino fire was not large, thick smoke caused the multiple deaths.

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