A gunman armed with a semi-automatic pistol killed at least 7 people, including 2 kids, and wounded 9 others in a rundown residential area in Kawit, Cavite on Friday morning, January 4. The rampage ended when the gunman, identified as Ronald Bae alias "Bossing," was shot dead in a gun battle with police. "He was just shooting at anyone, bystanders, market vendors," said a police official. The shooting comes amid a debate over the country's lawless gun culture, which was sparked by the death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot in the head by celebratory gunfire on New Year's Eve. Stephanie Ella and her father were watching a fireworks display outside their home in Caloocan when a bullet, fired by a person welcoming in the New Year, hit her. Malacañang said President Aquino will have to weigh in on calls for tighter gun control following Ella’s death and that of other children who became victims of stray bullets during the New Year revelry.
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