The Pike Outlets in Downtown looked much like it would any other sunny Sunday afternoon, with throngs of people blissfully shopping and dining out, and tourists waiting patiently for their whale-watching cruises. Most said they were unaware of the drive-by shooting that happened the night before that injured three people, including a 13-year-old boy.
But for locals and the staff working at the Pike Outlets, some described feeling residual shock and fear.
“I’m scared,” said 21-year-old Jennifer Moreno, who works at the Hat & Sunglasses kiosk next to the L.A. Sight Seeing Cruises. “I saw when the guy was walking, like bleeding out. I was crying, it was just so sad. I never in a million years would have thought that I would be in the middle of a situation like that.”
While many admitted to shock and alarm, most, like local Michael Shloub said the shooting wouldn’t deter him from shopping at the Outlets.
“I don’t get worked up about it,” he said.
Martin Gutierrez who works at the Personalized gifts kiosk next to the Aquarium of the Pacific said while he had felt some apprehension about returning to work, he wasn’t going to dwell.
“We’ll just go on about our day, can’t let the bad guys get to you,” he said.
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