IN PHOTOS: Greenhills hostage-taking crisis


Posted at Mar 03 2020 12:44 AM | Updated as of Mar 03 2020 11:21 AM

On what was supposed to be just another regular Monday, the routine of shoppers and tenants of V-Mall in San Juan City was disturbed when shots suddenly rang out in the popular shopping center.

A disgruntled Archie Paray who was recently let go as a security guard of the said mall opened fire on a fellow security guard, injuring him before taking at least 30 people hostage. 

The ordeal, which lasted for almost 10 hours, ended when the 31-year-old let the hostages go after one of his demands was met.

Paray then held a short news conference in front of the mall in front of onlookers, members of the media, and San Juan mayor Francis Zamora.

After a few minutes, Paray was arrested by members of the Special Weapons and Tactics team and taken away. A handgun was found concealed in his pocket after the arrest.

Here are some scenes from the ordeal.

Police gather in front of V-Mall after it was reported that shots rang out. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Police cordon off an area of the mall. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

As police arrived, shoppers and tenants were evacuated for their safety. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

San Juan mayor Francis Zamora arrived at the mall in an attempt to negotiate with Archie Paray, the hostage taker. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of the Special Weapons and Tactics division arrive to secure the area. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Police secure the perimeter of the mall. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Police bring steel barriers inside V-Mall during hostage negotiations. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Security guards stand by near the entrance of the mall as the hostage situation unfolds. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Stall owners view the inside of the mall after authorities enforced a lockdown of the mall. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Paray talks with members of the media and gives his demands via a video call and a two-way radio. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Paray accused his superiors of corruption and was unhappy with his work hours. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Relatives turn emotional as they wait for the result of the negotiation between local authorities and Paray. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Hostage-taker Paray shows a grenade during a video call with the members of the press. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Paray's supervisors apologized to him via video call and offered to step down in a bid to end the hostage situation. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

After around 10 hours, Paray steps out of the mall after releasing the rest of the hostages which numbered to around 30. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

After walking out, Paray gives a "news conference" citing his complaints. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Paray give a "news conference" to air his grievance after the release of the hostages. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A few minutes later, Paray was tackled by police after he motioned as if to reach something from his waistband. Mark Demayo​, ABS-CBN News

Police surround Archie Paray after taking him into custody. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Police bring Archie Paray out of the mall after subduing him. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Zamora said he will meet with mall administrators to discuss security measures. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News