I may be in the minority here but if I saw a man with an AK wearing a molle vest and a hockey mask walking through Sears, the food court or anywhere else in the mall. I would go to code red immediately. If I had the ability I would put him down. IMO it would certainly qualify as a soon to be mass shooter. I think the "reasonable man" could only conclude that this was a murderer on his way to do murder. BANG!
From a tactical standpoint I would do my best to not blow my cover until I could shoot him multiple times in the back from as close as possible.
This may come across as the reply of an old grouch (which the family says I am), but......
I expect we would all call the cavalry. After that......
I know you can see it in your head, your local mall, but it's in your head, from the safety of your house. Just like the slouched guy in the hoodie on that dark street walking toward you. You have all the stress free time in the world to form a plan in the easy chair.
Chances are, in real time you won't have any time.
Other than my house, I make no plans and I envision no scenarios. If the wheels come off, it will not be like anything I have envisioned. And it will be fast. All you can do is stay sharp.
Heroes all have one thing in common: they had no intention of being heroes.
if i was alone, i would try to get very close behind him to take him out, i would probably try to tackle him and disarm him, and yes he has already broken the law in my state. wearing masks on any other day other than holloween. what reasonble person would think he didn't have evil intentions?
If I see something or someone that I feel is suspicious...I put as much space and cover as possible between myself/family and the potential BG. No I won't follow him or confront him. My first rule of a gun fight is to avoid a gun fight whenever possible.
Hey you looking for customer service, you have a warrantee problem with that?
First find good cover and seek an exit. If its an easy exit, i might stay under good cover and observe and report what i see to 911.If i can go from cover to cover and follow and observe od do that.I would go until i find my safe exit opportunity diminishes.A guy with a rifle beats me and my subcompact, because he would have range, however if this guy is excuting people up and down the hall i would hope i could return fire enough to be of use to those people.Of course in such a situation everything happens super fast and mentaly super slow so these are just thoughts sitting down here with little adrenaline pumping through me. It may pay more and be better that i safely help others out the exit to saftey while providing some amount of cover for them..Simple basic rules i would follow because they are solid things you can remember to do in such a horrible event. Seek cover,secure an exit, provide any assistance,report all that i see.
Dial 911 while running the opposite direction... I practice this. YMMV
saying i was with my fiance and daughter (shes 3) they love malls. it would be pretty nerve racking for them and me to here an ak or ar rounds shooting off indoors. i would have her call 911 while i look for an exit, if we couldn't make it to one safely and never splitting up!. if not we would get into a corner that i could use to my advantage and use myself and my fiance as body shields to protect are daughter we would wait it out if he came close enough to us and only if i was confident i could get a good shot at him then id shoot for chest up and dump my whole clip assuming everyone else around would be crouched so i wouldn't hit any innocent people. if that didn't happen we would stay in corner i'm not going to be a hero and have my daughter grow up with out a father. hope it never happens to us or anyone else again..
Cunningham was in line at the fuel desk at the PILOT truckstop in Paulsboro ,NJ to pay for the fuel he had just pumped in his rig .Henoticed that the 'greasy looking dude with the greasy dreadlocks' in front of him holding Twinkies in one hand and a super size coffee in the other was packing . Marine Corps took over ! Don't Think ! ACT!
260 lbs of Cunningham screamed GUN! and tackled the 150lb scumbag . They knocked over 4 display racks and scattered customers everywhere . Cunningham got him to the floor and secured the weapon . That's when he felt the cold muzzle of a 9mm against his temple and heard the command "DON'T MOVE".
Next question was directed to the perp under Cunningham . "What's going on, Bernie?" "Get this big s.o.b. off me and we'll figure this out ."
The two undercover narc's were very reasonable about the whole situation when it was sorted out . They respected him for wanting to be a hero and didn't take him to jail . The PILOT manager didn't ask for compensation for damages from the 'wannabe hero'. AND he didn't get his head blown off for instigating a situation because he didn't think .
Hope this long post got a point across .
Don't go in Malls.
I am not a cop and don't have dog in the fight! MEANING, you carry for you. want to act like a cop you are going to jail! call it in,,stay and observe,,your judgement. Do not be the first to act. You carry for personal protection period!