I actually work about a mile away from this mall so I regularly go there. My plan this week was to go to a store there. We had tickets to the ISU-drake game last night but weren't sure if we going to go and stay in DM because of the weather. We decided to go to the game and drive back last night and if we hadn't, there is a 90% chance I would have been there (not at von maur though) and at about the same time. So even though I had to watch the worst ISU game I have ever seen in person, it beats possibly being a part of this horrible event. I'm still not quite sure if any coworkers were involved......
I usually catch a bus at Westroads for work, but drive in the winter because I'm a volunteer wrestling coach. My fiancee, however, could have easily been in the middle of it - her Von Maur bill was due yesterday and she was going to pay it before her 2 pm doctor appointment, but paid the bill online instead (thank God). One of our friend's sister was in the store and witnessed everything. I told her we're doing the rest of our Xmas shopping on Amazon.
Situations like this remind me to tell your wife/fiancee/mom/kids/whoever that you love them at every chance.
My aunt was in the store when it happened. She was on her way to the third floor (where he started shooting), but she stopped to check out the sales rack first. That's when the shooting began. He made his way down to the first floor, and she had to hide inbetween the racks before she could run out. Very scary stuff.
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