Lauryn Stapleton was one of hundreds of people at the Columbia Mall when a gunman opened fire, killing two people before turning the gun on himself.


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Stapleton recounted the horrific scene tonight on Fox Report. She said her boss had asked her to go to the food court. It was there that she described the sound of bricks falling.

Police say the shooting happened at a Zumiez store, right above the food court, around 11:15 a.m. ET on Saturday morning.

“I heard somebody say, ‘Get down! Shots fired. You need to get down,’” Stapleton recalled.


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Her first instinct was to grab a child next to her because “I'm not letting a kid die right in front of me,” she said. Stapleton led the child and mother into a movie theater in the mall nearby. Despite having trouble breathing due to asthma, amid the panic she ran back to store she works at to make sure everyone was okay.

Stapleton said she attempted to call 911, but there was no answer, so she called her mom to tell her she loved her.


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