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by jimlongley
Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:30 pm
Forum: Gun and/or Self-Defense Related Political Issues
Topic: ISIS Mall Attack - How can we prepare?
Replies: 158
Views: 11138

Re: ISIS Mall Attack - How can we prepare?

The Annoyed Man wrote:
TomsTXCHL wrote:
Excaliber wrote:Have you noticed that you don't ever see products being delivered to stores via the main hallways in malls?

That's because there is a series of back hallways behind all the stores where these activities take place.

My instruction to my family for an active shooter situation in a mall is to run to the rear of whatever store they're in, go through the door labeled "employees only," go around, over, or through anyone who tries to stop them, and follow the exit signs into the service corridor and out of the building. .

The same plan works for most other stores and restaurants (where you go through the kitchen), except there is no service corridor.
I think this is exactly right--if a terror group posts-up outside mall entrances they are most likely to do so at the major access points and not the emergency/service entries.

Further, if there ARE BGs posted at the service doors, the back storage areas of any small retail store are more likely IMO to serve as decent hiding places than anywhere else in the mall.
Here's some food for thought....

A bad guy enters the mall through an anchor store, goes through a shop into a back corredor, where he opens a door to the outside and lets his cohorts in with all the guns. They hand him his, and they "magically" appear among the shoppers and begin shooting. Video surveillance actually makes it initially harder for first responders to diagnose what's going on, because there is NO FOOTAGE of armed men entering through the JC Penney's, etc.

My point is, exiting through the back hallways and doors is a good strategy, but DON'T take it for granted that there will be no hostile surprises along the way.
As I telephone man I spent a lot of time in those back corridors. Not all stores have them, but I always try to stay aware of their locations and incorporate them in any exit tactics I might anticipate.
by jimlongley
Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Gun and/or Self-Defense Related Political Issues
Topic: ISIS Mall Attack - How can we prepare?
Replies: 158
Views: 11138

Re: ISIS Mall Attack - How can we prepare?

Well, "Soft Target" by Stephen Hunter kind of lays out the scenario.

It would be hard for the authorities to do anything about a determined and suicidal attack.

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