Gunfire at the mall, in the food court

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    Gunfire at the mall, in the food court

    An argument broke out in the mens room. Shot(s) fired.

    Mass panic.

    What would you have done?

    Story here: http://wtvr.com/2012/10/08/police-re...y-square-mall/
    All that said....
    It could be worse.
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    yea. get the hell out,
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    hide for cover.

    no need to act like a hero.

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    Well, at least the shooters were not caucasian, or the story would have mentioned that.

    Even though I live in the Metropolis from 'Heck', I do not as a rule go to malls.

    As for what I would have done? .... Don't know, was not there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    Well, at least the shooters were not caucasian, or the story would have mentioned that....
    no good reason to say such a thing.

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    Mass panic = chance for injury... Hide, seeking cover... Good, I think.

    Most of the panic probably near the food court.. If I were that close? Probably seek cover...and cover my weapon as one covers the brake in case one may need to slow or stop.

    Not uncover or draw, just hand closer to it.

    I'm definitely not planning on shooting, attempting to detain, or in any way inserting myself into a fracas I have nothing to do with.

    I have been in malls. I will be again, I'm sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oakchas View Post
    Mass panic = chance for injury... Hide, seeking cover... Good, I think.

    Most of the panic probably near the food court.. If I were that close? Probably seek cover...and cover my weapon as one covers the brake in case one may need to slow or stop.

    Not uncover or draw, just hand closer to it.

    I'm definitely not planning on shooting, attempting to detain, or in any way inserting myself into a fracas I have nothing to do with.

    I have been in malls. I will be again, I'm sure.
    unless you are directly threatened by the gunfire or a person with a gun, there is NO reason to get involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    Well, at least the shooters were not caucasian, or the story would have mentioned that.
    That makes absolutely no sense. At least one of the shooters is black, and it mentioned that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
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    This.

    2 morons having a beef doesn't need to turn into a full scale fire fight inside a mall. Considering that the shooter fled, there's not much to do anyways as the threat was no more.

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    Orient, Observe, Decide, Act

    Find out where the gunfire is coming from, try to see the threat, decide if I can safely escape or need to engage, then do that....
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    i fear for the folks who feel that just because they have a gun, they should "do something".
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    If I'm at a mall then that means I'm with, at the very least, my wife &/or kids. Shooting breaks out I'm gonna hunker down or sprint to cover with the family. Bugging out in the mass panic with a heard of scard, stampeeding shoppers is not a choke-point I want to get into. I'll find and alternate exit and go that route. I believe there are times to get involved, but that ain't one of 'em IMO.

    Opening fire in a mall....... just stupid and the shooter needs to be removed from society for many, many moons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oakchas View Post
    What would you have done?
    Avoided the chili fries.

    Seriously, having temporary violence break out in a space (mall, down the street) doesn't necessitate my jumping into the fray, unless it's nearby and I can make a difference. If the situation were to spill over right in front of me, dealing with direct/targeted threats to my life is one thing. But otherwise, in a short-lived situation like the one described, getting out of the area makes the most sense to me.
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    I would have gone to a different Gap.
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