In the city of Boise, Idaho, there had been a shooting within a mall, leaving two people dead and several others injured, including an officer on the scene. Shootings within public American settings are sadly common, and often cause trauma for those witnessing it or being involved within them. It is a crisis that needs to be addressed and stopped within America, rather than being seen as a part of American culture and how things occur within the country.
Following the shooting at the Idaho mall, authorities had managed to bring one person into custody. The officials handling the case believe that there was only one shooter involved in the crime. Boise Police Department Chief Ryan Lee is working on investigating the case.
“I cannot stress enough how traumatic this event is for the community at large as well as those who are witnesses or the families involved. We ask the community at large keep the families of the deceased in their thoughts and they also respect their privacy."
-Chief Ryan Lee
According to Lee, authorities had been called to respond to the shooting at the mall on Monday afternoon, where shots had been fired and at least one person had already been downed. As soon as the authorities arrived, they spotted a person who matched the description of the suspect. There had been an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers, resulting in one of the officers being injured in the process.
The Idaho Governor, Brad Little, has also commented on the shooting that had occurred. He stated that it was an unthinkable event, and that the state of Idaho will be doing what it can to prevent this from happening again and investigating the cause of it.
Outside of Idaho, other states should be expected to also do what they can to prevent shootings like this as well. The crisis that plagues our country has become out of hand, due to the amount of homicides and mass shootings that occur in our public spaces, as well as within our schools. When shootings happen within public spaces, the schools surrounding the area, such as the elementary schools surrounding the Idaho mall, have to be put into a shelter in place mode.
"Those injured in today’s unthinkable shooting at the Boise Towne Square Mall are in my prayers. The State of Idaho stands prepared to assist the Boise Police Department as they investigate the shooting."
-Governor Brad Little
The crisis often brings up the topic of what we might expect in our day to day lives. Many of us, when we say goodbye to our loved ones as they head out to start their day, do not expect to receive a call being told that our loved one had been put into a serious, life-threatening situation.
The mayor of Bise, Lauren McLean, commented on the event as it occurred, thanking the mall shopkeepers for being quick in their reaction to call their authorities and prevent further harm from coming to those on the mall grounds. Being in the middle of a shooting is a chaotic moment, and it can often cause panic in those involved, causing them to not have the proper reactions that they should. As well as this, shootings can feel sudden and unexpected, which often catches those involved off guard and unsure of what is happening.
"Never should one have to or does one expect when they're saying goodbye to their loved one who's headed to work ... That they'll get a call like they did today. Countless people found themselves in a situation they never would have nor should have expected."