Hamilton Place Mall went back to business as usual Saturday, after the busiest shopping day of the year took an unexpected turn.
18 year old, Malik Beavers and 19 year old, Adam Bulloch were both shot in the mall parking lot near Sears on Black Friday, prompting the mall to go on lock down. Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated, crime scene tape blocked entrances and parked cars, while police and K-9's searched the store.
"We were hearing on Facebook and the news about the shooting the parking lot, and we were just scared and nervous about it even though we had heard Chattanooga had it under control but it was just a scary situation to bring your child around," Jennifer DeFoor said.
DeFoor and her daughter Kat drive from Chatsworth, GA to Hamilton Place Mall often; it's their favorite place to shop. But when they arrived to score deals Friday, they quickly decided to head back home.
"It was crazy I was like we don't need to go there we should go to another mall and it was already late so we were like we'll just see what happens tomorrow," Kat DeFoor said.
It was a hectic scene shoppers and employees are coping with a day later.
"Even the mall is talking about it. People are kind of on alert today like when they hear a noise like we heard the lady in Pink like oh my god go check what that is you know so it's just still a scary situation," DeFoor said.
After police cleared the scene Friday, and shoppers were allowed to continue shopping, the mall's parking lot was left half-empty.
A similar sight shoppers said helped make them feel at ease as they returned to shop on Saturday, but also surprised.
"Was very quiet in there. It's clean I noticed. We thought that there would be crowds today, but it was very empty," mall shopper, Dale Yoder said.
But Yoder said the ongoing violence makes him worried about what's to come.
"You know so many incidents happening in Chattanooga now with the shooting with the soldiers, then the bus accident, and this we're ready to leave town."
Friday, October 20 2017 7:06 PM EDT2017-10-20 23:06:19 GMT
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