Sources: Second day of Otaku Expo 2013 cancelled, another event set this May.
An otherwise uneventful Otaku Expo 2013 tuned chaotic as gunshots were heard coming from a robbery on a jewelry stall inside The SM Store (formerly SM Department Store) on the ground floor of SM Megamall.
Attendees of the event organized by PSICOM’s Otakuzine Anime Magazine ushered back inside Megatrade Hall 1 when the first shot was heard a few minutes after the event’s first day concluded at 7:00 pm, according to ZEN Otaku Honbu reporters Kira and Kylflo who attended the event.
People inside the hall were urged to stay calm and made to watch some anime videos while the entire mall was put on lockdown. Organizers then told the attendees that it was safe to leave the venue around 20 minutes after the incident occurred.
Five suspected members of the “Martilyo Gang” are being pursued by police for stealing an unspecified amount of jewelry at the FNC Jewelry stall located inside The SM Store. One of the suspects also fired two shots which caused the commotion in Otaku Expo and indeed throughout the mall.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was among the first to report the heist in a tweet which said, “As of 7:40 PM reported hold up incident inside SM Megamall Dept. Store.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, Eastern Police District (EPD) C/Supt. Manuel Laurel said that the suspects only wore ordinary clothes, as opposed to first reports that they were “in costume.” He also clarified that a pipe wrench, not a hammer, was used to smash the glass pane that protected the jewelry.
According to reliable sources, Day 2 of Otaku Expo 2013 is cancelled and there are plans to have another event in May of this year. Anime Alliance Philippines also told ZEN Otaku Honbu that ToyCon 2013 will still push through as scheduled on June 14-16, albeit with plans for stricter security measures to be implemented.
UPDATE: Otakuzine Anime Magazine’s facebook page has officially announced that the second day of Otaku Expo 2013 has been cancelled, and will be moved to another date. No word on when will the event happen.
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