(UPDATED at 8:36 a.m., June 2, PH time) The lone gunman, who attacked the Resorts World Manila midnight Friday, June 2, burned himself to death, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said.
But Dela Rosa said the identity of the male suspect remained unknown as of posting time.
At the same time, dela Rosa said police were looking at robbery as the motive behind the shooting by the suspect whom he identified as “Caucasian looking and about 6 feet tall”.
He also allayed fears that the incident on was an ISIS attack.
“This is not an act of terror. There is no act of violence,” said dela Rosa in mixed English and Filipino in an interview with the media, hours after the incident.
“The way we look at it, he needed money nangangailangan sya ng pera. Nakakuha sya ng worth P113 million of chips that he put in his backpack,” said dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa said the suspect was found dead in Room 510 of the hotel. His body was wrapped with a sheet and doused in gasoline. Recovered in his possession were a submachine gun and short firearm.
The PNP chief also said 54 people were injured and were brought to four hospitals, three of which were identified as San Juan de Dios, Pasay General Hospital and Villamor Airbase.
Of the number, 18 were treated for minor injuries at the San Juan de Dios.
He added that the “worst cases” were of one who suffocated and whose condition was unknown and another, a security guard, who was shot “accidentally” by the gunman.
The ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is an international terrorist organization allegedly supporting the Maute Group in Marawi City that has been fighting government troops for more than a week.
As of posting time, Resorts World Manila is on lockdown.