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Cops checking link between Resorts World attack and 2 men's killing in Manila

An official of the Manila Police District (MPD) on Tuesday said they are looking at the possible connection between the killing of a lawyer and a former policeman last June 1 and the Resorts World attack, which left 38 people dead.

Radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported that the MPD's Homicide Division was reviewing a CCTV camera footage of the killing on June 1 at the corner of Perez and Belen streets in Paco area.

Mateo said that based on the footage, a man came out of a BMW that turned turtle in the area.

When residents responded to help, the man refused and walked away from the scene.

Investigators then discovered the bodies of Atty. Elmer Mitra Jr. and former Police Officer 1 Alvin Cruzin inside the BMW. Both victims died from gunshot wounds.

The man who walked away from the vehicle was wearing a dark blue shirt, cargo pants and was estimated to be 5'9" tall.

The report said that Chief Inspector Rommel Anicete, chief of the MPD's Homicide Division, did not say if the man was Resorts World attacker Jessie Carlos.

The report said that according to Anicete, the homicide division will get DNA samples from Carlos that were earlier taken by investigators at the Resorts World Manila and cross-check it with the samples taken from the crime scene in Paco area.

Carlos, armed with an M16 rifle, torched the casino area of Resorts World Manila early Friday.

He went up to the fifth floor and entered a hotel room, where he torched and shot himself.

Thirty-seven guests and employees of the casino died during the attack.

Police said Carlos was a casino gambling addict and a discharged employee of the Department of Finance due to questionable Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. —ALG, GMA News