Thursday, September 5, 2013

Burgundy Tower Makati Shootout Two Dead

Burgundy Tower Makati Shootout One Dead

MANILA, Philippines – Two were reported dead in a shootout at the Burgundy Corporate Tower in Makati City. The identity of the fatalities were not revealed.

According to the Makati Public Information Office (PIO), Makati Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), Traffic Police, and Makati Rescue operatives are on site to attend to the "alleged hostage taking."

Makati Mayor Junjun Binay went to the area to head a clearing operations.

UPDATE: Only One (1) is dead and the other one is seriously wounded .

A person was killed and another got wounded in a shootout involving security guards at Burgundy Tower along Gil Puyat in Makati City Thursday afternoon.

Makati police chief Sr. Supt. Manuel Lukban said the shooting incident, which involved two security groups, occurred at around 5:40 p.m.

The fatality was identified as Jimmy Lagunsad, a guard from the Sidekick Security Agency.
He was declared dead on arrival at Makati Medical Center.

Lukban said it took a while before Makati police were able to penetrate the area since the building was closed by armed men.

The shootout reportedly occurred after a sheriff arrived to serve a temporary restraining order against the incumbent board of directors led by Wilfredo Serafica.

The sheriff was accompanied by the Sidekick Security Agency.

They claimed that the Swag Security Agency, which was with Serafica, fired at them when they arrived at the 18th floor.
The Swag Security Agency, meanwhile, said guards from the Sidekick Agency were the first to fire shots.

Tenants have already been evacuated and security guards have been accosted by police, Southern Police District (SPD) director Chief Supt. Jose Erwin Villacorte said. -- Reports from Eric Dastas, dzMM; Pinky Webb, ABS-CBN News

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