Pasay City councilor dead following SM Southmall shooting

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Diners at a restaurant crouch behind counters during a shooting incident in SM Southmall Saturday evening.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — A Pasay City councilor died on August 5 after being shot by an unidentified suspect at SM Southmall in Las Pinas City.

Las Pinas police chief Senior Supt. Marion Balonglong said in a media briefing that Borbie Rivera was declared dead-on-arrival at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City at 8:57 p.m.

Balonglong said that according to doctors, Rivera sustained gunshot wounds in his head and body.

Rivera was in a wheelchair when he was shot by a gunman outside Door 4 of SM Southmall at around 8:30 p.m.

Balonglong said the gunman got inside a black Toyota Fortuner and escaped toward Alabang.

"Ang ginawa ng mga kasama ni Borbie Rivera ay pumutok din kaya yun ang dahilan para tumakas yung gunman," he said. "Iniwanang sugatan si Borbie Rivera sa kanyang wheelchair."

[Translation: The gunman escaped when Borbie Rivera's companions returned fire. Borbie Rivera was left injured in his wheelchair.]

In another shooting on June 23, the councilor was wounded in Pasay City, where identified assailants shot at his Toyota Land Cruiser.

SM Supermalls said in an August 5 statement that the incident necessitated a temporary closure of the area.

"The customer was immediately attended to and taken to the nearby hospital accompanied by our emergency response team," the company said. "Our security, together with the local PNP (Philippine National Police), has already declared the mall safe to be re-opened. The Mall is back to normal operations."

The company added that it is conducting a joint investigation with the police.

The gunshots sent mallgoers scrambling for cover.

Mallgoer Tenten Raval sent photos to CNN Philippines of customers in a restaurant hiding behind buffet tables.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.