Mixed reactions from shoppers on shots being fired at Valley View
By Chris Whitley | Digital Journalist
Published: March 27, 2010
Updated: March 27, 2010
ROANOKE - Shoppers are reacting to the incident that happened at Valley View Mall Friday night. Roanoke City Police are investigating why a security guard, working for a store at the mall, fired a gun shot at a shoplifting suspect. Officers tell us the incident happened in the parking lot outside JC Penney around 5 o’clock last night. Officers charged Jared Ware of Christiansburg with shoplifting. Police also say charges are pending against the store security guard.
Saturday, shoppers had mixed reactions to the incident. “In this day and time you never know whats going to happen with the economy the way it is. I certainly would not have thought somebody would be firing shots around here, it would have scared me for sure”, said Margaret Craig of Roanoke. Richard Bower said, “If the person had a weapon and was shooting at people sure, you gotta do something to stop him. Not for shoplifting, that’s ridiculous.“
While some were scared and concerned by the shots being fired, others thought the security guard was doing his job. “I’ll tell you straight up, by the time they call the police department this guy is long gone. Then he’s stealing from somebody else, maybe even somebody in the parking lot is getting robbed. If he’s carrying a gun, chances are he’s trained on using it”, said Ethan Dogan.