Date
30 March 2017
Li Hui is taken to hospital by paramedics after the shooting. He died later from his wounds. Photo: Inquirer
Li Hui is taken to hospital by paramedics after the shooting. He died later from his wounds. Photo: Inquirer

Two Chinese diplomats killed in Philippines restaurant shooting

Two Chinese diplomats have been killed and a third wounded in a restaurant shooting in Cebu, the Philippines’ second largest city south of Manila.

The New York Times, citing authorities in Manila, reports that the diplomats were having a birthday lunch at the Lighthouse Restaurant around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday when shots rang out.

A Chinese national, a guest at the celebration, opened fire, the police said.

The dead were aides to Song Ronghua, 53, the Chinese consul general in Cebu, who was wounded in the attack.

Song was taken to hospital where he remains in stable condition.

The victims were identified as deputy consul general Shen Sun, 59, and Li Hui, a finance officer in the consulate.

The assailant, identified by the police as Li Qinglong, was arrested.

Police also detained his wife, Gou Jing, a Chinese national, in connection with the shooting.

Initially, the police said the suspect was a woman married to a consular official.

But late Wednesday, after reviewing security camera footage of the shooting, the police determined it was Li who had fired the weapon, said Rey Lyndon Lawas, a police spokesman.

“The gunman just stood up and shot the two people to his right, and then he shot the person right across from him,” Lawas said.

Police recovered a .45 caliber pistol from the restaurant.

Lawas said the police are investigating the motive for the shooting.

Officials from the Chinese embassy in Manila were scheduled to arrive late Wednesday to help with the investigation, he said.

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