Local malls make changes to security following shooting

TacomamallTACOMA — Tacoma Mall made changes to some of it’s security following a deadly shooting in Clackamas County, Ore.

The mall has added security cameras, and officers are conducting annual excersises built around scenerios such as the one in Oregon.

But as the news of the shooting in Oregon came down, it brought up particular memories of a shooting at the Tacoma Mall in 2006.

Dan McKown was a victim in the Tacoma Mall shooting in 2006 when Dominick Maldonado went into the mall and opened fire on shoppers.  Now paralyzed, he said watching scenes from the Oregon shooting brought back painful memories.

“I get really annoyed, irritated and resentful and frustrated at the fact that people are willing to do this to one another,” McKown said.

I Dominick Maldonado went into the Tacoma Mall, and opened fire on shoppers with a semi-automatic rifle.

McKown, who was armed with a concealed weapon at the time of the shooting, tried to stop him.

“When I drew my pistol and hit the edge of the store, it’s in your mind that ‘this is the path I’ve chosen,’” McKown said. “I’ve got to ride this through.”

Several people were shot and injured but McKown was hit five times in the torso and has been in a wheelchair ever since the attack. But he doesn’t regret trying to help.

“I’m not going to live at the expense of others around me,” McKown said. “If something happens, I need to be involved. I mean it’s our God given responsibility to be our brother’s keeper.”

He believes, even if shoppers can’t step up to help, they need to be more aware, and report anything suspicious.

General Growth Properties, which owns the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon, also owns several malls in Washington state, including Westlake Center and the Alderwood Mall. Carol Hildahl, a spokesperson for Alderwood Mall said her staff “is very touched by what happened in Oregon.” She also said her mall is as prepared as it can be for a situation like that, with public safety measures that have been customized by local police.

“It’s not always visible to shoppers but they are there,” Hildahl said.

7 comments

  • Concerned

    I have been in security for many years. It blows my mind to know that many places I have worked when faced with a threat seem to think that putting more unarmed guards out will some how make their facility safer. It is sad that they would wait until this type of situation happens and human lives are taken or destroyed before they “review” their policies. I currently hold my armed Security card but I am not aloud to carry anything more than a radio… I would be forced to stand by and watch as innocent people are gunned down because I do not have the proper equipment to handle the threat, or throw myself in front of a gunman just to become another victim. This is just unacceptable in my eyes that a person visiting the place I am hired to protect is allowed to carry a weapon but I am not. What sense does that make?!?

  • Dwifey

    This is Dominick Maldonado's wife here and I would like to say something to Dan Mckown if you don't like anything that brings up bad memories about the tacoma mall shooting then why are you getting interviews station after station is it because you just want 15 minutes of fame you know these are one of the perfect times to get it huh?! you are trying to put more crap and embarass my lovable husband if it wasn't for you my dearest husband wouldn't have gotten that many years! it was unfortunate my husband had to deal with evil cold hearted justice system and judge. muthers.

  • Rain

    To Dwifey: Dan Mckown is an amazing person with a huge heart. When events like the Clackamus mall happen, the reporters seek HIM out, not the other way around. Dan Mckown should have shot your "lovable husband" in the head that day in 2006. Dominick Maldonado is a worthless piece of trash who even tried to escape prison, and by defending him and his horrible acts – and at the same time attacking Dan – so are you.

  • Dwifey

    you don't know anything about my lovable husband Dominick or me ! im pretty sure that dan guy is a good person but he is trying to bring up the mall shooting making my husband look bad because that's all you fools out there think of him just the mall shooting muthers dan bull **** tryna make himself look like he was the only good person just because someone did something bad doesn't mean that's who they are you bitch as hoe! and how would YOU know the reporters seek Him im pretty sure he was the one fame whore using the same ol sceneryo "oh i was the hero" peoples like you RAIN causes violence you are one of the cold heartless bitches out there i wish someone would shoot you in the head 2 dozen times and piss on you i'll do it myself! and as for you dan you were tryna hurt my lovable husband i'll hurt you! NO ONE KNOWS ME I WILL BE A BADASS TO SOMEONE WHO TALK SHIT ABOUT MY HUSBAND.

  • death

    i think dwifey is right all these shooting at the malls are wrong but u dont have the right to say shit about them if u dont know them and if u think it is cool to make fun of her or her husband u are in the wrong i know them and they are very nice people so stop ur kiddy bs and grow up

  • sister in law

    I think it is rediculous 2 talk about people when you dont know them i know them both they are sweet people why cant people just get over it and move on already unless you just want your time of fame thats not right and u have no right 2 talk about my family like that its bull sh**.So grow the fu** up A**holes quit trying 2 look like u are better than any one else it could of been anyone so get over it

  • Alexander Gordon

    Really security cameras are so effective to use for deadly shooting. At this present day the use of deadly shooting has been increased and I can say that it would be more popular for using. Actually for wheeled electric leaning motorcycle for every day commuting security cameras usages has increased indeed.

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