Gunman Holds at Least 30 People Hostage at a Shopping Mall in the Philippines

The Gunman has Been Identified as a Security Guard Who Had Just Lost His Job at the Mall

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At least 30 people were held hostage by a security guard at a mall in Manila in the Philippines on Monday.

The police said the gunman opened fire and took several shoppers at V-Mall in the San Juan area of the Philippine capital hostage.

The gunman, who has since been identified as Archie Paray, had just been sacked from his job at the mall.

One person who was hit by a bullet was taken to a nearby hospital and is currently listed in stable condition.

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora told reporters that the gunman was demanding to talk to his fellow guards at the shopping mall and the media.

The mall was immediately evacuated and a negotiator had been sent to talk to the gunman.