DAVAO CITY: A wealthy hotel owner from Cebu was shot dead in front of his horrified employees in Davao, police said on Friday. Police said Richard King was killed by a lone gunman who barged into a building late Thursday where the businessman just finished talking with his employees. The gunman escaped on a motorcycle driven by another man who waited outside the Vital-C Building owned by King. The motive of the killing is still unknown, but police launched an investigation to determine whether the murder was connected to King’s businesses. No individual claimed responsibility for the killing. King has businesses in Davao and Cebu, and also in Boracay where his family owns the Crown Regency Hotel and Resort.