Man kills four, self after argument

Man kills four, self after argument

PHILIPPINES - A gun enthusiast held hostage three members of his family and their maid for 10 hours before killing them and committing suicide in the eastern Philippines, police said yesterday.

Witnesses said Mr Anthony Zepeda had argued with family members in their home in the town of Pili on Tuesday, police said.

The confrontation culminated in Mr Zepeda taking hostage his father, brother, sister-in-law and maid, provincial police chief Superintendent Romero Bausa said.

Mr Bausa added that police negotiators tried to end the crisis peacefully, but Mr Zepeda shot his captives and turned the gun on himself, AFP reported.

The nature of the argument that prompted the hostage-taking remained unknown, but initial investigations showed that Mr Zepeda had a history of drug abuse.

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