Friday, September 14, 2012

1 dead, 2 hurt in Alabang Town Center shootout

(UPDATED: 1:20 p.m.) A shooting incident took place in Alabang Town Center (ATC) in Muntinlupa City Friday morning, leaving one casualty and two people wounded.

Police said the incident happened in the lobby of ATC's Madrigal gate, after armed men tried to rob an armored van, scheduled to get cash in Sterling Bank outside the mall.

The suspects was said to be waiting for the armored van at the mall's entrance in Madrigal Avenue, but the security guards were prompt, reason for the start of the shootout.

Two of the security guards were wounded, while one of the suspects who was shot and pronounced dead at the Alabang Medical Center.

In a statement, the ATC management said they are working closely with Muntinlupa Police, security agency and property management to maintain and ensure the safety of its customers, merchants and the mall.

"Please be advised that Alabang Town Center is closed for operations. We shall advise normalization of mall operations upon clearance from the police authorities," it said.

A shooting incident also occurred in the mall last February, leaving two people dead.

As of 2:30 p.m., the mall operations resumed. Here's the official statement from Alabang Town Center:

At around 10 a.m. today, a shooting incident transpired at one of the entrances of Alabang Town Center. As an armoured van was entering the driveway, two of the mall’s security guards noticed that unidentified men were suspiciously seated near the driveway. The security personnel immediately confronted the men who instantly opened fired at them. Two of the malls’ security guards were wounded and were immediately rushed to the Alabang Medical Center. One of the suspects was shot and pronounced dead at the same hospital.

PNP operatives immediately responded and conducted pursuit operations. The mall was still closed at the time the incident transpired. For the safety of the public, the mall remained closed as police personnel conducted clearing operations.

The police have declared Alabang Town Center secure to operate and we have resumed normal operations at around 2:30 pm today. We continue to work closely with the PNP in the investigation of the incident. Rest assured that safety of customers is the utmost concern of Alabang Town Center and its security has been beefed up in and around the mall.

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