Mall Safety: What To Do In A Crisis

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(Memphis) What are you thinking about as you shop?

Is it your shopping list ? Is it your next stop?

Most people aren't thinking about what turned into reality at Oak Court Mall Thursday night, a person inside firing a gun.

"In that instance I don't know what I would do. You think you go into a facility like that, safety is somewhat better than it is," says Felisha Turner of Southaven.

Not knowing what to do can put you in danger.

Southaven Police Chief Tom Long spent years teaching tactical training for special police operations.

Long says the average  person isn't ready for the unexpected, "They don't prepare and because of a lack of preparation, they don't think anything can happen."

So when  a gun shot is fired, they don't know what to do.

"They are gonna look to see what everybody else is doing. They want verification of what just happened and by that time it may be too late for you," says Long.

He says just like you do on a plane, know how to find the nearest exit.

As soon as there is a sign of trouble, run for it.

When you move away from the threat, you have a greater chance of survival.

If you can't get out, as a last resort get down. Hide and don't come out until you are sure it's the police who are outside and not the shooter.

"Police will find you. All of sudden you will hear nothing but radios crackling, a lot of activity, ambulances arriving, people going in and out and you hear conversations," says Long.

Being prepared can be the very thing that keeps you alive.

"It's the what ifs in this day and age. You are crazy not to address the what ifs," says Long.

Police continuously train on how to respond to mall shootings.

Mall  employees may also get procedures to follow from their employers.

As for the average shopper, you probably  want to know for yourself what you will do to keep you and your loved ones safe.


  • joe

    1. Pack your family up, move to a predominantly non-thug population area.
    2. Read the urban idiots on news sites make excuses like “Crime happen everwhere” to justify their culture ruining inner cities anywhere.

    End of discussion.

  • Onion

    Keep egging this on Channel 3. Seriously? You are instigators of further racial remarks by allowing anyone to post on your site and NOT deleting the racial posts. YOU are part of the problem of drawing hate and divide further in the community.

  • Nonya Bidness

    Well what you can’t do in most malls is pull out your concealed handgun to protect yourself and your family because the malls don’t allow law abiding citizens to carry handguns on their property.

    I don’t shop at Wolfchase for just that reason. The great part is that Amazon and other online discounters have the same products for less and you don’t have to worry about all the ghetto trash.

  • Loves Elvis

    If No Gun signs are posted the underprivileged will not bring their guns into the malls. Put up the signs, they help, ask the government, everyone obeys all the laws of our land.

  • King Willie

    I used to bees carrying a guns in my britches, but, since we bros don’ts be wearin no belts, it keep fallin to my ankles. I says, sheats, what I’s gonna do? Helps me, helps a brother out

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