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Reports: Canadian shoots doctor, lawyer to death in Philippines court

Chester Baldicantos / AP

Police examine the scene where prosecutor Maria Teresa Casino was wounded at the Regional Trial Court building in Cebu city in central Philippines on Tuesday.

A Canadian man shot dead a doctor who was suing him and the doctor’s lawyer in a court in the Philippines on Tuesday, according to reports.

Police said the man had smuggled a pistol into the court in the central city of Cebu, the AFP news agency reported.

The report said the Canadian had been accused of petty mischief.

A government prosecutor was also injured and the Canadian was shot and wounded during a melee, police told local radio DZBB. His condition was not clear Tuesday.

BBC News reported that the 65-year-old had been accused of mischief by his neighbors.

AFP said there was a public debate in the Philippines over stricter gun-control laws after a number of gun-related deaths in January.