That’s the best explanation I have for this:
About 3:20 p.m., mall patrons began reporting on social media that an alleged shooting had occurred in the food court after hearing sharp popping sounds and a fire alarm. The unsettling sounds sent fearful patrons running from the mall.
Orange County Fire Medical and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene, but there was no gunman, OCSO spokeswoman Deputy Rose Silva said.
Instead, the scare was caused by an industry-standard test as part of the inspection for the grand opening of former ‘NSync singer Joey Fatone’s new restaurant, Silva said. An announcement was made over the mall’s public announcement system prior to the test preparing customers for the noise.
“The test consisted of six large balloons popping consecutively, followed by a fire alarm,” Silva said. “This caused people to go into panic mode and run.”
At least 10 people were injured in the ensuing panic, “mostly falls, scrapes and twisted knees.” I guess when your city is home to the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, fears of an active shooter are understamndably prevalent. Indeed, an Apple Store employee said,
“I lost two friends at Pulse, so of course that was my first thought,” he said.
Levane said he ran to the farthest corner of the parking lot, something he learned last week when the store held active shooter training. He called his mother while running and told her he loved her.
Welcome to the NRA’s America. We are truly a nation which has lost its innocence.
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So true, SB. A week after Pulse, a similar reaction to a noise occurred inside the Orlando Premium Outlets mall, panicking hundreds. The cause? The sound of a chair falling to the floor in the food court, during a fight.
I remember that. I had to check the date on this story to make sure this waa a different incident.
This is the NRA’s country. We’re just ducking-and-covering in it.
So very sad and such a serious commentary on the NRA/GUN MAKERS ownership of our country. And the gun carnage continues. Here in East Tennessee last week, a 7year old little boy was shot and killed, and the police in Cocke County think the murder was connected to a family member who died that same day in a fatal car crash. WE must somehow make the gun makers responsible when THEIR guns are used to kill people, especially our CHILDREN. Kids are now even more vulnerable of being shot by family members than in gang violence.
Agree with the diagnosis. Had a long talk once with a resident of Northern Cali who was active in the Anti-war movement in the 60’s. Described all kinds of PTSD symptoms among that group. I grew up in Birmingham, AL during that time and the Voting Rights battles had a similar effect on people. I’m feeling that same tension now. I live on the Highland Rim in Tennessee. Have heard from reliable informants that along with the proliferation of boutique moonshiners in this region there are many individual craftsmen with machine shops making and selling weapons as fast as they produce them. These are dark days.
I don’t think home-made guns are illegal. But with it being so easy to get the real thing, why go that route?
$$$$$$$. It’s a growth industry.
And, upon reflection…I think I was trying to communicate the ethos that seems to exist. If Uncle Sam suddenly outlaws guns it doesn’t matter, we’ll make them ourselves.
Guns can be made with 3D printers now.
I have heard that story but my seriously 2nd amendment supporting friends–none of whom seems to be itching to play, “Bag a perp” at home, or on the road–are in any rush to try one. One is a ballistics guy, one is an anal retentive handloader and the third is in the specialty metals biz; they are all calling, “bullshit”, for reasons of durability, serviceability and metallurgy.
The Tribes in Waziristan and Afghanistan are big on copying AK’s and the like–and good at it, I’m told.
“The Tribes in Waziristan and Afghanistan are big on copying AK’s and the like…” INTERESTING