• In Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a disgruntled gunman claiming he had a live grenade took over a mall for 10 hours on Monday.
  • He held as many as 70 people hostage and shot one person, who is in stable condition.
  • Unusually, after releasing the hostages, he had an impromptu news conference for 20 minutes explaining why he took the mall hostage.
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A disgruntled former security guard held dozens of people hostage in a mall in the Philippines on Monday. Afterward he told journalists exactly why he’d done it in an unusual press conference.

Archie Paray, 31, was recently fired from V-Mall in San Juan City in Metro Manila after failing to show up for work after security guards’ shifts were changed. On Monday, he entered his former workplace, shot another security guard, and then took as many as 70 people hostage.

The mall was evacuated. Police and SWAT officers promptly arrived. The situation was taken seriously. Authorities wanted to avoid a repeat of several other deadly attacks in the Philippines in recent years.

For 10 hours, Paray communicated with the authorities and the media. He showed both the hostages and a grenade, via a video call. The police haven’t confirmed he had a real grenade.

By the evening, all of the hostages were released unharmed. But what was unusual was that after releasing the hostages Paray was given a chance – 20 minutes – to voice his concerns to the media. He took journalists’ questions and accused the mall’s security of being corrupt. He was then tackled by the police and taken into custody.

Here’s how it happened, in photos.

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At about 10 a.m. on Monday, a former security guard named Archie Paray opened fire in V-Mall in San Juan City, based in the Philippine capital of Manila.

Foto: People outside the V-Mall where gunshots rang out inside, in Manila, Philippines, on Monday. Source: Aaron Favila / AP

Sources: The New York Times, Al Jazeera


Paray shot a security guard, who was taken to a hospital and was later in stable condition. Then, he entered administrative offices on the second floor and took 30 to 70 people hostage. They were mostly employees.

Foto: People behind police tape outside the V-Mall where gunshots rang out Monday. Source: Aaron Favila / AP

Sources: Al Jazeera, USA Today


Other people in the mall heard the shots and evacuated. Hundreds of shoppers and employees managed to get out. The police closed the mall off.

Foto: Police officers blocking the area outside V-Mall on Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Sources: The New York Times, Al Jazeera


More than a dozen SWAT commandos swiftly surrounded the mall, armed with long guns.

Foto: Members of a police SWAT team arriving Monday. Source: Ted Aljibe / AFP / Getty

Source: Time


In the Philippines, malls are a community center, filled with food courts, shopping, medical centers, and churches, according to Al Jazeera.

Foto: Inside Glorietta Mall in Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. Source: Andrew Aitchison / In pictures / Getty

Source: Al Jazeera


While hostage events aren’t common in the Philippines, in 2010 a disgruntled former police officer took over a busload of tourists from Hong Kong and died in a gunfight along with eight civilians.

Foto: Agents handing out free newspapers in Hong Kong on August 24, 2010, with headlines and photos about the bus hijacking crisis in Manila the previous day. Source: Mike Clarke / AFP / Getty

Source: Al Jazeera


More recently, in 2017 a gunman entered a mall-casino, also in Manila. He set gambling tables alight, which killed 36 people, primarily from smoke inhalation.

Foto: Employees of Resorts World Manila Casino and Shopping mall lit candles at the memorial for the victims of the deadly attack by a lone gunman June 4, 2017, in suburban Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Source: Bullit Marquez / AP

Source: NBC News


The authorities did not want a repeat of either of these tragedies.

Foto: Police officers preparing to enter the mall on Monday. Source: Aaron Favila / AP

While the entrances were all closed, people gathered outside the mall, waiting to see what would happen.

Foto: Shoppers and vendors outside the mall Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Relatives of the hostages arrived, too. As the day went on, more information became available.

Foto: Relatives of mall employees arriving after gunshots were fired Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Source: The New York Times


Mayor Francis Zamora of San Juan City told reporters that Paray “felt bad because he was removed as a guard.” Zamora also said he had called for his former coworkers to join him, but no one did.

Foto: Paray being arrested by the police on Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Source: Time


Throughout the day, journalists and officials had a direct connection to Paray, via his walkie-talkie and a video call.

Foto: Journalists talking to the gunman on Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Source: Al Jazeera


The video showed what he claimed was a live grenade, but there’s been no confirmation it was real.

Foto: The gunman showing what appeared to be a grenade on a video call Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Source: ABC News


He also showed the hostages on the video call. He told reporters, “Just wait, they will come out alive.”

Foto: A police officer with a phone showing the hostage situation Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Source: Al Jazeera


SWAT entered the mall at some point during the day.

Foto: Police officers entering the mall Monday. Source: Aaron Favila / AP

Source: ABC News


Even so, the authorities spent hours on the phone with Paray, asking for him to give up the hostages. In the early evening, in an attempt to appease him, six of the officers, who ran the mall’s security, apologized and resigned or offered to resign.

Foto: Officials from the security agency that had previously employed the hostage taker holds a press conference outside the mall Monday. Source: Aaron Favila / AP

Sources: Al Jazeera, ABC News


Paray said he would release the hostages as long as no one tried to trick him. After his safety was guaranteed, he kept his word. In the evening, the hostages filed out.

Foto: Hostages walking out of the mall on Monday. Source: Aaron Favila / AP

Source: Los Angeles Times


Then, instead of being bundled into a van and taken to prison, Paray led an impromptu news conference for 20 minutes.

Foto: Paray talking to the public on Monday. Source: Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Source: The New York Times


He accused the mall’s security-guard roster of corruption and said he was the “fall guy,” according to The New York Times.

Foto: Paray talking to the media on Monday. Source: Ted Aljibe / AFP / Getty

Source: The New York Times


He took questions from reporters.

Foto: Paray talking to the media on Monday. Source: Dante Dennis JR II Diosina/Anadolu Agency / Getty

But when he reached for something in his waist band, the police descended on him, tackling him to the ground.

Foto: Police officers subduing Paray after his surrender Monday. Source: Ted Aljibe / AFP / Getty

Source: The New York Times


He was subdued.

Foto: Police officers subduing Paray. Source: Ted Aljibe / AFP / Getty

The police took him away.

Foto: Paray in a police vehicle on Monday. Source: Gerard Carreon / AP

It was an unusual ending to a hostage situation. Zamora told reporters: “What is important is that we had zero casualties. That was what we wanted. That the hostages can all go out safe.”

Foto: Two women walking free after they were rescued by the police Monday. Source: Maria Tan / AFP / Getty

Source: The New York Times