Community reacts to Tippecanoe Mall shooting

People are still shaken after last night's incident at the mall.

Posted: Dec 28, 2019 4:23 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2019 11:40 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—24-year-old Zach Walters didn't expect to take cover when he decided to take a trip to the mall.

"Disturbing,” said Walters. “You just hate to see it. Especially because I go to the mall all the time."

Lafayette police was dispatched to the Tippecanoe Mall over shots fired. Walters was making his way to the mall when it all happened.

"When I pulled up to the mall I realized you can't get in,” said Walters. “They had all the entrances and exits blocked except for a couple."

He originally thought it was a car accident. Instead he was surprised to find out it was something else.

"When I found out it was a shooting I was actually kind of surprised,” said Walters. “That, I was not expecting."

Walters has lived in Lafayette for nearly ten years. He said this experience was shocking for him.

"It certainly hits close to home. You hate to see it in a community like this,” said Walters. "I've just basically been raised here and it's a sad situation that the town is going the direction it's going."

It's something Walters said people never expect.

"You know you read about it on the news all the time,” said Walters. “A shooting here a shooting there. But when it happens close to you, you start to think, what could have been prevented. How would I have reacted."

Police are still investigating this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200.

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