Timing is everything.
We got out about 2:30 and headed home. At approximately 3:30 there was a shooting at the food court in front of the theatre. God bless the people who were there, who were injured, who were frightened. The news is broadcasting live from the mall where it happened. Most folks report hearing a big bang, then lots more cracks, and not realizing at first that it was gunfire. Store owners dragged customers into the back of stores and locked the doors, and there they stayed for hours until the police came from shop to shop to escort them out. "Surreal" is the word everyone is using. We absolutely do not expect this to happen to us, even though we know it happens all over the world all the time. Luckily, it was a slow day at the mall. Two deaths and one injury, as well as the shooter.
We were SO lucky! Thank God we missed it all.