Three people were killed Sunday in a rare shooting at a university in the Philippine capital Manila, officials said, in what appears to be a targeted killing.
The incident took place at Ateneo de Manila University as law students and their families arrived for a graduation ceremony to be attended by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
The alleged shooter has been arrested.
Rose Furigay, a former mayor of the troubled southern province of Basilan and whose daughter was one of the graduates, has been murdered, authorities say.
Furigay’s executive assistant and a university guard were also killed. Her daughter was injured and is in a “stable condition” in hospital, police said.
“We are quite distraught and grief-stricken by this incident,” Joy Belmonte, the mayor of a local government unit where the shooting took place, told AFP.
School and university shootings are rare in the Philippines, despite lax gun regulations. But targeted assassinations of politicians are quite common, especially during elections.
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