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originally posted by: ReadLeader
a reply to: Xtrozero
Wow. Just another day at the beach these days. Growing up, I never even remember one shooting / other than the FFA bragging about a turkey shoot
or maybe everything is reported to the world every second of the day and it seems like more violence because we are beat over the head with it.
originally posted by: IridiumFlareMadness
a reply to: Xtrozero
I don't know how those stats on crime dropping could possibly be right. It seems that violence and craziness is at an all time high. Things were definitely safer in the past.
TAMPA — Tuesday afternoon’s smash-and-grab robbery - three men broke a jewelry case and ran off with its contents - was typical in many ways, but with two important distinctions:
♦ It happened at the International Plaza, a popular, high-end mall in Tampa that was crowded with post-Christmas shoppers, and
♦ When one of the men used a small sledgehammer to break open the jewelry case, the breaking glass sounded like gunshots.
Those were important distinctions.
The fear that a gunman was on the loose in International Plaza caused the mall to shut down. Shoppers began rushing outside, though some patrons and employees stayed inside and hid wherever they could.
News of a “gunman’’ spread almost instantly through Twitter and other social media, with posts from witnesses claiming they heard gunfire forwarded and retweeted again and again. Tampa police, who recently had held “active shooter’’ training at the mall, rushed to the scene, as did officers from numerous other agencies, including the FBI.
The panic was unnecessary.
After a search of the center, Tampa police determined the initial reports of gunfire were unfounded and that nobody was injured. The mall reopened shortly after 5 p.m.
“Everybody is safe,” Deputy Chief Brian Dugan said during a press conference. “There was no sign of a gun, there were no gunshots.”
Witnesses mistook the sound of the smashing glass for gunfire, officials said, and police initially responded as if there was an active shooter in the mall. Tampa police officers stationed at the mall for the holidays and officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and nearby Tampa International Airport all rushed to the scene minutes after someone called 911 at about 4 p.m, officials said.