Happy In Bag

Sunday, April 29, 2007

"What If" At Ward Parkway

Two people very close to me were at Ward Parkway Shopping Center when Sunday's terrible events transpired. They were completing a transaction at T.J. Maxx when they saw police rushing by the store's exterior windows. The pair retreated to the back of the store. They'd spend the next ninety minutes there during a lockdown. I'm told that the T.J. Maxx staff were exceptionally gracious hosts. The store sells food items, which were opened and offered to the approximately 100 captive customers. The staff also passed out cups of water drawn from the employee cooler. The store manager shared official updates from the police over the store's intercom. Police eventually interviewed each customer before escorting them individually to their vehicles. My people were parked about 25 yards away from the shooter's car.


  • At 8:40 PM, Blogger Spyder said…

    So glad they're ok.

  • At 8:59 PM, Blogger bgo said…

    you broke this story to me because i was just commenting on the Sprint Arena post of yours. Now I see it is international news via the Internets.

    Go figure.

    Be with peace in your heart, HIB.

    your pal,


  • At 11:36 PM, Blogger Xavier Onassis said…

    Take all the guns away from everybody.



  • At 7:14 AM, Blogger pipsylou said…

    I was going to go to Target with my daughter (our Sunday afternoon ritual). My exhaustion and need for a nap kept us at home.

    I don't think taking guns away is the answer. If you'll notice, it's the criminals with the guns who do this, not law-abiding citizens who go through the correct channels to get guns.

  • At 7:14 AM, Blogger pipsylou said…

    my blog...pipsylou.typepad.com...sorry about that!

  • At 8:03 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Thanks, folks.

    XO- I'm not going there.

    Nice photos, Pip!

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Waldo Oiseau said…

    Too crazy, isn't it? I live in Waldo and was on my way to Dillards, except a friend just happened to stop by my house as I was pulling out of the driveway and told me about what was going on (on the radio). It's interesting how we live our lives, almost on autopilot.


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