In a phone interview with San Diego’s 10News, a San Diego man who was in Oregon’s mall shooting at the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall on Tuesday afternoon said that the real heroes during the shooting were the mall employees. “It was like they had been trained for it,” commented the caller to 10News in the interview that was broadcast during San Diego’s 11 p.m. 10News on Dec. 11, 2012.
While a man wearing a mask and carrying an assault rifle was running around in Oregon’s shopping mall, at least 60 shots could be heard.
Parents and children were crying. Christmas music continued to play. People hid behind clothes racks or stayed locked inside of rooms. Oregon’s Clackamas Town Center shopping mall Santa fell down to his knees.
Since police and SWAT teams did not know who the Oregon mall shooter was, shopping mall customers had to be asked to come out of the mall with their hands raised.
An ABC 10News San Diego report on Dec. 11, 2012, describes the horrific scene of one woman who had apparently been shot in the chest and who was lying on the ground by a cell phone store. “I couldn’t get her turned over to help her,” said Antonio Charro, who had been shopping at the mall with his daughters. “There was no one around. She wasn’t breathing.”
While there are some reports as of Tuesday night that more than one person was injured during the Oregon mall shooting, Lt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office only confirmed three dead, including the Oregon mall shooter and two victims, and one person having been injured.
As the Clackamas County Sheriff and officials continue with the investigation of the Oregon Clackamas Town Center mall shooting, the reports of any more injured people might change.
As of Tuesday night, the Oregon mall, its parking lot, and all of the entrances and exits are closed off while the investigation continues.
The chaotic situation described by the San Diego witness was one of trauma, chaos, and confusion. But among all of the confusion, he described how impressed he was by the reaction of the shopping mall’s employees who remained calm, who told everyone else to stay calm. “The shopping mall employees were the real heroes,” he told San Diego’s 10News. “It was like they had been trained for it.”
Should mall employees begin training in how to react to the unexpected appearance of a mass shooter? In San Diego, teachers are already trained to go on lock down during potential school shootings.
Tuesday’s Oregon mall shooting is a cruel reminder that no one is safe, not even during a time like Christmas which is supposed to be a time of peace.
With the most recent school shootings, the Colorado theater shooting, and today’s Oregon mall shooting, maybe it is time to provide anti-assault and emergency training to all employees in public places.
Latest update: Oregon mall shooting, shooter kills himself, 2 others, 1 injured
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