Even if I didn’t hear the “gun shots” myself and see the stampede headed my way, I will step aside while taking cover. But, I WILL gtfo as quickly as possible making sure my loved ones are with me. You have to remember also that most stores (if not all) will have a rear entrance/exit. Instead of running down the middle of the mall with the stampede, I would go into a store and look for the rear exit. Of course, you should know the layout of the mall you are in. I make it a point to study the store map and all exits available to me and my loved ones to gtfo.
Here is a question to add to your scenario.
What if your loved ones are at one end of the mall and you are at the other? Gun shot ring out, everyone starts panicking... Do you go towards where you last knew the location of your loved ones or gtfo and hope they get out safely?
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