Shangri-La's food and beverage director shot dead in Makati

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Posted at Jun 17 2010 10:53 AM | Updated as of Jun 18 2010 07:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The German food and beverage manager of Makati Shangri-La Hotel was gunned down in Makati City on Thursday morning, police said.

Senior Superintendent Froilan Bonifacio, Makati City police chief, identified the fatality as Sergio Mazza, 38, executive assistant manager of the hotel's food and beverage section.

Bonifacio said Mazza was shot dead near the Shang Grand Tower along Perea Street while on his way to the hotel around 7:15 a.m..

A radio dzMM report said Mazza died of a gunshot wound in the head. It said that crime scene investigators have recovered 3 spent shells from a .22 revolver.

Bonifacio said investigators recovered Mazza's cellular phone near his body, which, he said could be an indication that the shooter did not intend to rob the victim.

He said investigators have yet to find a witness to the shooting incident.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, the hotel management said it is working closely with the police regarding the case.

"The safety and security of all our staff and guests are of utmost importance and we are working closely with police authorities who have started a thorough investigation," the hotel management said in the statement. -- With reports from Rod Izon and Noel Alamar, radio dzMM