Viral TikTok shows Claire’s workers hiding after a hectic shooting in a shopping mall

An active shooter attack was reported at the Southlake Mall in Hobart, Indiana on December 30, 2021. Claire staff @michymyers detailed their experience hiding in the area. attack on TikTok.

NWITimes reported that police were unable to identify the shooter, and that “no victims were found upon further investigation.”

“A little girl wanted her ears pierced and we are now in the back room of my Claire’s after shots were fired at our mall,” @michymyers wrote in their TikTok cover text. Posted on the day of the shooting. “This is evil.”

@michymyers posted Other TikTok from the scene, saying they were hiding with a “family of five.”

“Family ran to the back, I locked the gate and turned off the lights, now I’m waiting for the police or something,” they said, recounting the events that happened shortly after the gunshots were heard in the mall. .

Late December 30, @michymyers confirmed that they are fine and that the family in question is safe too.

In Other TikTok, TikToker explained that they were piercing the ear of a 4-year-old girl early in the workday when they heard three gunshots. Then they saw the shopping mall security guards running.

“I turned off the lights and music,” they said. “The scenes were like right above me, like upstairs. And it’s a mall, so that resonated. Like I literally heard that ringing in my ears. ”

@michymyers said the family was “hostile” to them and asked them if they were trained to handle an active shooter. They said they were only trained to handle an active shooter at the school, not an employee at Claire’s.

TikToker also shared One video Their gloves were on the shop floor and an ear piercing station was set up. They also said that shopping mall security checked people’s bags after the incident. In line with the NWITimes report, @michymyers also shared a photo of the glass panes in the mall that were shot.

They also say that they back to work on December 31, when the mall reopens.

Commenters on the video referenced past shootings at Southlake Mall, which is state’s second largest. In June 2021, a man “shot” a gun at a shopping mall, according to NWITimes.

“I was there last time it was shot,” @beautifulgore commented.

“Southlake Mall used to be the place to go,” @julsruless Written. “Now there’s a shooting there every year.”

“Mall workers need to be paid for risk,” commented @angel_thrax.

Others expressed sympathy for @michymyers and did not believe that shootings were as common as in the US Theo Everytown on Gun Safety, the gun homicide rate in the US is 25 times higher than “the murder rate in other high-income countries”.

The Daily Dot has reached out to @michymyers via direct message on Instagram and with Claire’s via email. Daily Dot cannot reach Southlake Mall.

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* First published: January 3, 2022, 2:47 p.m. CST

Tricia Crimmins

Tricia Crimmins is a journalist and comedian based in New York City. She is studying at Columbia School of Journalism and is a regular contributor to the Daily Dot. She has previously written for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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