UNION GAP, wash.--Some tense moments at the Yakima Valley Mall Thursday night as Union Gap police rushed to the parking lot after hearing reports of gunfire shortly after 6 p.m.
The incident raises questions about lockdown procedures, and when they should be used.
Officers said they found a young man in his 20's suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Ambulance crews quickly rushed him to the hospital where he later died.
Typically we choose not to report on suicides, but this was in a public place and there's been a lot of concern over the decision to not put the mall on lockdown.
Several employees said the mall didn't lock it's doors. In fact, some said they weren't even aware of the situation until they saw police in the building.
Officers said there would've been no simple way to lockdown the mall and when officers arrived on scene, they realized it was an isolated incident and wasn't a threat to anyone else.
Some people said the mall should have gone on lockdown for public safety reasons, especially in light of the recent Oregon mall shooting, which killed two shoppers.
Others said the police would have made that call if necessary.
"The police or the authorities have the information that I don't have, and so I'm not going to second guess them on their decision," said Darius Slade.
"There's kids around and people," said Crystal Botell. "I think the mall should have been on lockdown. It's a danger to people."
We had lots of posts on our KNDO Facebook Page about mall security.
Corey said, "I have a family member that works in the mall and with all of the craziness that's been going on lately I think the safety of the public in the immediate surroundings should take priority."
Vern said "...Just glad he didn't shoot innocent family shopping together."
The mall's general manager would not comment whether or not the mall was in lockdown. The only comment they would give is that the mall has a comprehensive crisis plan that's readily available.
Friday, December 6 2013 8:09 PM EST2013-12-07 01:09:02 GMT
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