Six women herded into the back of the store. Five executed and one surviving by faking death. This is truly a tragedy and hopefully the criminal will be apprehended, with luck he will innefectively resist to his own detriment. This quote though struck me,
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I was in a mall on Saturday with my wife and child. As I sat there with the stroller waiting for my wife in a nearby shop I continually scanned the crowds going by looking for anything out of place. High on the list were any males unaccompanied by women or children. Manner of dress and demeanor were secondary criteria. I would estimate that only 5% of the people I saw were males who were alone or with other males. Of those only four stood out as being dressed or behaving in manner deserving of closer observation and as expected none of them committed any crime in my vision. Since I sat there for 45 minutes in a high traffic area I would estimate about 750 - 1,000 people passed by and only 4 warranted real watching. Did any of this prevent me from amusing my young son, enjoying the eye candy that strolled by or watching the gentleman train the "assistance" dog he had nearby? Not at all. It was just another day as usual and I was not prevented from enjoying it in any way due to "paranoia."A tear rolled down Cindy Sorenson's cheek as she brought a bouquet of bright red roses to Lane Bryant. Sorenson, who works at a nearby mall, said she didn't know the victims, but couldn't stop thinking about them.
"You spend so much time in a store and you never think anything like this will happen," the 34-year-old Sorenson said.
So why did I do this exercise in observation? I hadn't heard the news from outside Chicago and there has never been a shooting at the mall I was at. It all comes down to this; when Ms. Sorenson said "You spend so much time in a store and you never think anything like this will happen," I was not the type of "You" she was referring to.