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Mall shootings: A comparison of Tacoma and Salt Lake City

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2007 at 6:13 pm with No Comments »
February 15, 2007 6:13 pm

TNT columnist Pete Callaghan spotted this story posted on the Web site of the Utah newspaper The Deseret News.

It compares the recent deadly rampage at a Salt Lake City mall to the shooting at the Tacoma Mall back in November 2005 and our mall’s efforts to recover.

Here’s an exerpt, from the article, “Tacoma mall a Trolley template?”:

There are similarities between the shootings in Tacoma and Monday’s incident at Salt Lake’s Trolley Square: both happened at malls, both were seemingly random, both were seemingly carried out by young, disaffected men against unknown victims. Employees at the various stores at both sites helped hide customers and provide shelter from the panic and the bullets.

There are also differences. All told, six people were shot at Tacoma Mall, none fatally. Five victims suffered what police called minor injuries, while one suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was paralyzed in the incident. Three people were held hostage for hours before being released.

There’s another big difference. The Utah shooter was killed by police. The alleged Tacoma Mall shooter, Dominick Maldonado, is awaiting trial.

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