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Canadian Man Kills Two In Philippine Court
A Canadian man has shot dead two men and injured another while appearing in a Philippine courtroom charged with illegal possession of firearms, according to police.
John Pope, 66, pulled out a gun and fired at the complainant and prosecuting lawyer in his case minutes before the hearing began in Cebu city.
Pope quickly fled the court and was shot in the arm by police after ignoring orders to surrender, said regional police director Marcelo Garbo.
According to the National Bureau of Investigation, Pope also shot himself in the head after falling to the floor and later died in hospital.
Another lawyer, who was shot by Pope while fleeing the court, is reported to be in critical condition in hospital.
It is currently unclear how Pope was able to get a gun into the court building; however, Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said that there had been a "serious lapse in security" in the court premises and has asked the Philippine Supreme Court to investigate.
It is believed that the complainant who was shot in the court was a doctor who had accused Pope, his neighbour, of threatening him and other residents in their apartment complex with a gun in 2011.
At that time, Pope was quoted as saying that he was carrying the gun for self-defence.
Pope was also facing charges of "malicious mischief and grave threats".
The shooting follows recent calls for tighter gun control in the Philippines after a man shot and killed eight people, including a pregnant woman and two children, near Manila two weeks ago.