Goddamn it, this isn't supposed to happen in Canada.
Well, at least it happens pretty rarely. Although back in 2005, just a block from the mall, a girl was shot and killed on boxing day.
I foresee an escalation in mall security pretty soon though.
Of course there will be. Everyone gets super defensive immediately after a shooting because people are reactive rather than proactive and it never does any good.
I'd say security was pretty substantial to begin with. But I'm not sure what they could have done to prevent something like this. The shooting took place in the food court. Sitting down to some fast food in a mall isn't usually something you have to be cautious about. I mean, who expects something like this to happen? This isn't a mall in a dangerous part of the city. It's the largest mall in the heart of the city, a tourist spot that spans several blocks. It connects to two subway stations, several other buildings, as well as the largest underground shopping complex in the world. The area is so big, and the number of people that are there is so large, I'm not sure adding more security would make a difference. But they would be doing it as a way of easing people's minds. It might not hurt to have a visible police presence.
As for myself, I'll probably avoid the mall for a while, just while things settle down. But I'll go back soon enough. I've never felt worried about walking downtown, and this hasn't really changed my mind. But it is a bit worrying that this shooting is almost certainly gang related. And such a brazen act of violence. I mean really, a shopping mall?