Coffee shop attack: Business establishments’ security personnel urged to coordinate with each other

By: Gerard Vincent Francisco April 11,2019 - 10:18 PM

Members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (Soco) process the coffee shop where two persons were shot dead while two others were wounded at past 11 p.m. on April 10. | Benjie Talisic

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Security officers should also coordinate with their counterparts in businesses near or beside them.

Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera made this call on Thursday, April 11,  amid the recent attack of a coffee shop along F. Ramos Street in Cebu City where an unidentified gunman killed two people and wounded two others.

Read more: 2 killed, 2 wounded in a Cebu coffee shop pre-dawn shooting

Garganera, the chairman of the Cebu City Police Advisory Council, said that security personnel from stores must not be confined solely into the business that hired them. 

He said that a close bond between security guards of different businesses would help them respond in case there would be a need for police intervention.

“The security measures should not be only confined to a particular establishment. You should collaborate with the other businesses. If you hire security guards they should know each other,” said Garganera in an interview with CDN Digital. 

Other than a close bond of security personnel, Garganera also cited the need for security personnel to find a way to easily contact police near the area of the business establishments.

He also cited the importance of CCTV cameras in the premises of the business establishments to deter criminals and could assist police in their investigation.

Read more: Coffee shop shooting: Police considering all possible angles

Garganera said that with the police still investigating the deadly shooting attack, it would be too early assume a motive in the killing.

At past 11 p.m. on April 10, a gunman wearing a full-face helmet entered the Good Cup Coffee Company and shot dead the shop’s managing co-owner, John Michael Hermoso and cashier Kis Tryvll Ramos.

Read more: Shattered dreams: Murdered barista was supposed to compete in World Coffee Championship

The shooter also wounded other employees Gerome Amada and Sherwin Rivera, who were still in critical condition at the hospital.

Police were still investigating the deadly shooting and had yet to identify the shooter in the attack. /dbs

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