Some thoughts: you've probably been to the same mall many dozens, if not hundreds of times. Next time you go, check out some of those long corridors that lead to bathrooms/maintenance rooms/loading docks.
-Do the doors open or are they locked?
-Will the alarm sound?
-Who the F cares, I'm being shot at?
If a similar attack happens, it will sound like D Day. It won't go "pop.....pop,pop......pop." It will go "(insert sound of D Day here) "
-You will freeze. Get over it. Embrace the part of your mind that is quietly saying "This shit is real." Reject the LOUDER voice that says "It's a TV shoot. This is Glendale."
Run past all the frozen bystanders who are thinking "It's a TV shoot. This is Glendale." For karma points yell "Find an exit, it's an attack!" But be prepared for a stampede. If you HAVE to get to your car, do NOT drive it out. You will be stuck in the traffic going out AND in. Take the medicine or whatever you need and haul ass. Run out of the parking lot and report to police/fire what you have seen.
Is your child under 5 years old? Carry him/her. Do you have two children under 5? Carry BOTH of them! You will move faster treating them like suitcases. Practice this today (no shit).
If you can NOT exit the mall, find solid cover and concealment as soon as possible. "Cover" means it can protect you from grenade shrapnel or bullets. "Concealment" means...well, concealment. Is there a bank branch in the mall? Awesome, go there. Are you stuck in an Apple Store? You might be fucked.
Text the person you trust the most to not freak out. Be brief and clear. "At BevCen. Lots of shooting. We are safe. Copy?" If you don't get a response immediately, go to Trusted Bloke #2, same message. ROFL? Nope, it's an attack dumbass.
04 November 2013
Bryan Suits on what to do during an "Active shooter" event.
Last month, in response to the Westgate Shopping Center attack in Nairobi, Kenya, KFI AM640's Bryan Suits posted some advise on what to do if you find yourself stuck in your local Los Angeles mall when terrorists attempt to take it over. In light of this week's shooting at LAX I decided to re-post what Bryan originally had written on his "Dark Secret Place" Facebook profile as it is sound advise for us "high valve soft targets".