The Portland gunman opened fire in a packed mall, at a time of year when he'd have the most targets, the holidays. This attack adds to the disbelief over last July's mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater. Both incidents involved gunmen who were prepared, heavily armed with ammo.
Local mall managers from Richmond to Colonial Heights say that security is always a priority. Some shopping centers already have more security on patrol because of the holidays. However, management couldn't get too detailed with on any specific security responses since the Oregon shooting, since they don't want to compromise their operations.
Portland's mall shooting follows one in Richmond, at Regency Square Mall, back in October. A single shot was fired near the food court, triggering shoppers to panic and race for the doors. Thankfully, the only injuries that happened were caused as people tried to escape.
However, neither episode seems to have deterred most shoppers from checking off their lists.
"There really isn't anything you can do. I'm certainly not going to go out and get a gun," said Phyllis Macgrill, who was shopping across from the Short Pump Towne Center.
"It will not deter me. I won't be held hostage," added Rosemary Noftsinger, another shopper. "Just be aware. I'm very much more aware of my surroundings now, than I've ever been. I'm more cautious than I've ever been."
"It's sad that we live in a time when that happens, but I'm not going to go home, sit on the couch and not go out," said Nick Kelley, who also said the shooting wouldn't dissuade him from carrying out his normal daily routine.
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