MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) - Armed men and a security guard traded shots at the parking area of the Robinsons Magnolia Mall near New Manila, Quezon City Wednesday afternoon, January 30.
According to initial reports from investigators of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 7, the suspects were on board a Mitsubishi Adventure with plate number XMX-544 when they hit a taxi while trying to leave the mall's parking lot.
No one was injured during the shooting.
In Manila also on Wednesday afternoon, witnesses said a security guard at Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila, fired warning shots at a taxi driver who allegedly tried to run him over. The shooting happened at the Pedro Gil St side of the maill, according to eyewitnesses.
The suspects in the Robinsons Magnolia shooting are believed to be members of the tire-stealing "Donut Gang" were forced to abandon their escape vehicle.
A statement issued by Robinsons Magnolia said: "An incident involving a spare tire stolen from a vehicle parked in the mall's basement area transpired at 2:15 pm today. We have turned this matter over to the PNP and we are working closely with them for the investigation."
It added: "Management will continue to coordinate closely with the authorities to prevent such incidents from happening in the future."
This was the second mall shooting in Metro Manila since the implementation of the gun ban. Last Saturday, January 26, a robbery/shooting tookplace inside SM Megamall in Pasig City. - with reports from Purple Romero/Rappler.com