Philippine government lawyer shot to death in Philadelphia

A Philippine government attorney was shot to death in an Uber while visiting Philadelphia, authorities said Sunday.

John Albert Laylo was on his way to Philadelphia International Airport with his mother to catch a flight and the Uber he was in stopped at a red light near the University of Pennsylvania around 4:10 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. .

Multiple shots were fired into the Uber from a black vehicle in the back, police said.

The black vehicle then moved around the side of the Uber and more shots were fired, police said in a statement.

Laylo was injured in the neck and taken to a hospital, where doctors certified his death on Sunday, police said.

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There are no arrests and no weapons have been found in connection with the case, police said. Authorities did not speculate on a motive for the attack or say whether the attack was directed at Laylo, her mother or the Uber driver.

Homicide detectives launched investigations and looking to see if video cameras captured the incident.

The Philippine consulate general said the victim was a lawyer for his government, according to Philadelphia’s KYW-TV.

It is unknown if the Uber driver and Laylo’s mother were injured. Her mother said Sunday on Facebook that she was hit by shrapnel and that she was on vacation with her 35-year-old son.

I never imagined or dreamed that …our vacations would have an end like this!”, wrote Leah Bustamante Laylo in a message accompanied by photos of her and her son when they visited places in New York, Washington and Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia and other large cities in the United States are seeing an increase in cases of gun violence.

On June 4, a shootout left three dead and several injured in the South Street entertainment districtabout 4.5 kilometers (three miles) from where the attack on Laylo took place.