(Scroll down for video) A man started shooting inside a courtroom, leaving a man with whom he had a dispute along with the man’s lawyer dead, according to press reports in the Philippines.
The fatal shooting happened in the Central Philippines Court on Tuesday. The latest gun violence renewed the growing national debate on the regulation of firearms in a country with an enthusiastic gun culture just like the United States.
Calls for tighter gun controls have been driven by a series of shootings in recent weeks, from the death of a 7-year-old child, who was one of about 40 people around the country accidentally shot by celebratory gunfire, to a failed local political candidate who opened fire on the people of his city, killing eight people including a pregnant woman and child, along with wounding 10 others.
Another shooting a week later at a police checkpoint, left 13 people dead.
On Tuesday, a Canadian, John Pope, opened fire in a courtroom in Cebu, killing a neighbor with whom he had a legal dispute and his lawyer.
He also injured another person before he died of a gunshot wound. Officials gave varying accounts about whether Pope had shot himself or had been hit by police gunfire.