Oklahoma Native Talks About Oregon Mall Shooting - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

Oklahoma Native Talks About Oregon Mall Shooting

Posted: Updated:
Via Skype, Amber Solomon describes surviving the shooting. She works just five stores away from where the gunman opened fire. Via Skype, Amber Solomon describes surviving the shooting. She works just five stores away from where the gunman opened fire.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

A gunman opens fire inside a busy mall in Oregon killing two people and then himself. An Oklahoma native witnessed the shooting rampage and calls it a situation you can never prepare for.   

"There are people bailing out like crazy from everywhere," as shoppers made calls to police Amber Solomon, a Tulsa native worked to get people out of the mall.

"We all looked at each other and then I was like, ‘Get out of the store.'"

Via Skype, Solomon describes surviving the shooting. She works just five stores away from where the gunman opened fire.

"Terrifying, you just don't where he's at cause it echoes throughout the entire mall."   

Solomon explains the fear when she heard the gunshots.

"No one prepares you for something like this. We have emergency plans for fires or maybe terrorist threats, but nothing like this."  

Brett Key with the Shepherd Security Group developed a training course in active-shooter preparedness.

"If you formulate a plan in your head and you are aware of the surrounding the best case scenario you leave and get out of the situation before it happens," said Key.

Key and other members of law enforcement teach that the first step is to recognize it can happen to you. Then identify the exits and find places to hide in the event of a shooting.

"If you can get behind a solid wall, that is the best case scenario, something that will stop a bullet," Key said.

Key says if your company does not offer an emergency plan formulate one of your own. After the real life experience, Amber Solomon agrees with the advice.

"I hope it never happens to anyone, but just remain aware of your surroundings."

If you would like to learn more about Active Shooter Preparedness, call the Shepherd Security Group at (405) 509-4036 or (918) 304-9021.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Good Samaritans Save Man From Drowning At Lake Thunderbird

    Good Samaritans Save Man From Drowning At Lake Thunderbird

    Police say the victim was swimming in approximately six feet of water about 50 feet from the shoreline. They say the person was swimming out to a boat that was adrift when he went under and did nor resurface.Police say the victim was swimming in approximately six feet of water about 50 feet from the shoreline. They say the person was swimming out to a boat that was adrift when he went under and did nor resurface.
    A group of Good Samaritans jump into action to save a young man from drowning at Lake Thunderbird, Sunday evening.More >>
    A group of Good Samaritans jump into action to save a young man from drowning at Lake Thunderbird, Sunday evening.More >>
  • EMSA Monitors Heat At OKC Playground

    EMSA Monitors Heat At OKC Playground

    Jim Winham monitored Quail Creek Playground in northwest OKC and found temperatures on the equipment reached 140 to 150 degrees.Jim Winham monitored Quail Creek Playground in northwest OKC and found temperatures on the equipment reached 140 to 150 degrees.
    Day 6 of this unbearable heat means the "heat alert" issued by EMSA remains in effect. On Sunday, paramedics showed us just how hot it's getting at local playgrounds.More >>
    Day 6 of this unbearable heat means the "heat alert" issued by EMSA remains in effect. On Sunday, paramedics showed us just how hot it's getting at local playgrounds.More >>

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.