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A shooting at a university graduation ceremony in the Philippines has killed three people, including a mayor.

A picture from the scene

The shooting occurred at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City (near Manila’s capital).

A picture from the scene

According to police, Basilan Mayor Rose Furigay, an aide, and a university security guard died after the shooter opened fire during the ceremony. After engaging in a shootout with security officers on campus and being wounded, the suspect attempted to steal a car and flee. He was eventually captured while on the school’s campus.

Basilan Mayor Rose Furigay

In a statement, Quezon City police chief General Remus Medina said, “the suspect is a medical doctor who had a long-running feud with the former mayor.” The police chief called her death a “targeted assassination.”  The gunman has been identified as Chao Tiao Yumol, 38

Chao Tiao Yumol

Newly elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed to investigate the shooting and said, “We are shocked and saddened by the events at the Ateneo graduation today. We mourn with bereaved, the wounded, and those whose scars from this experience will run deep.”

A picture from the scene

Quezon City, which is considered an affluent suburb of Manila, had imposed a gun ban years before the shooting occurred.


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