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Philippine man kills 8 in shooting spree

Philippine police prepared to enter the house of a suspect in a shooting in a town south of Manila on Friday.

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Philippine police prepared to enter the house of a suspect in a shooting in a town south of Manila on Friday.

MANILA — A man with domestic problems fatally shot eight people, including a pregnant woman and two children, after taking alcohol and drugs in a rampage Friday near the Philippine capital that ended when he was shot dead by police, officials said.

At least eight other people were wounded in Kawit township, which is about 10 miles south of Manila, Cavite provincial Governor Jonvic Remulla said.

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The shooting came days after the death of a 7-year-old girl who was hit in the head by a stray bullet during New Year’s Eve revelry in Manila sparked public criticism over lax gun control in the Philippines. Friday’s rampage fueled pressure for more assertive action by authorities.

Ronald Bae, who was killed in the shootout with responding police, had been on a ‘‘drug and alcohol binge’’ with his friends since Monday, drinking and taking methamphetamine, Remulla said.

He said Bae left a store where he and his friends were drinking but later returned with the caretaker of his house in Kawit and began the shooting rampage in the surrounding neighborhood.

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