Six people have been killed in a Shopping mall in Salt Lake City. I was just north of Salt Lake city (Ogden) last week. While it was a 'random' shooting (whatever that means), randomness makes the shooting that much scarier. Random means that someone could be doing their daily errands, and become a terror target. The victims didn't ask for violence, weren't dealing drugs in the seedy part of town, they were just shopping in a mall. This 'random' shooting shows three things:
1) how fragile and fleeting our lives are,
2) how our national security is wide open,
and 3) our personal defense is our personal responsibility.
More coverage at Gateway Pundit:
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 6 are dead and two men are in critical condition after being transferred to the hospital.
Salt Lake City ABC4 has video of the news conference.
The shooter has not yet been identified.[picture removed]At least 6 people are dead in the attack on shoppers in Salt Lake City.
A Salt Lake City Police officer squats with his gun drawn next to a body inside the Trolley Square Mall, Monday night, Feb 12, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Deseret Morning News, Mike Terry)
AP reports:A man with a shotgun entered a shopping mall and began randomly shooting customers Monday night, killing five people and injuring at least four others before being killed, police said.
More than three hours later, police still were searching stores for shocked shoppers and employees who were hunkered down awaiting a safe escort from the Trolley Square mall.
"We have six fatalities and multiple victims at hospitals," police Detective Robin Snyder said. "They were found throughout the mall. I don't know male or female or ages."
Update via LGF:
Salt Lake City Killer Was a Muslim (Confirmed)
The media did everything they could to avoid mentioning it, but it’s confirmed today that the mass murderer who terrorized a mall in Salt Lake City was a Bosnian Muslim: 6 minutes of horror.
Police said Talovic had a juvenile record of only four minor offenses. None of his arrests were for violent crimes.
The man had lived at a house with his mother and three younger sisters near the Utah State Fairpark. Neither his mother nor his sisters would answer the door or respond to phone calls Tuesday, although a person inside would pick up the phone and then quickly hang up.
Ajka Omerovic, who said she was Talovic’s aunt, visited the home Tuesday afternoon. She told the Deseret Morning News that Talovic had been “a good boy.” She said the family are Muslims from Bosnia who had lived in the vicinity of Sarajevo.