Local Shoppers React To Shooting

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MEDFORD, Ore. – Locally, people in Medford have mixed reactions on how Tuesday’s shooting will impact the way shoppers will go out in public.

The images from Tuesday’s shooting are fresh on the minds of Medford shoppers. Walter Boles of Medford says it’s an unfortunate risk of living in today’s world.

“Anything can happen to you when you walk out your door. It’s a real tragedy what happened in Portland,” said Boles.

Others say they will be much more cautious when they step outside their door. Student Chrislyn Kircher was on her way to do some holiday shopping at the Rogue Valley Mall on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s always in the back of my mind,” said holiday shopper Chrislyn Kircher. Kircher said although it’s something she thinks about when she’s out, she won’t let fear change her daily life.

“It doesn’t stop me from going to the mall or to the movies but when I’m there I’m definitely more hesitant and cautious about things,” she said.

Boles agrees and says although his thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s and their families, he can’t let the shooting affect him. Boles said if he gave in to the fear of going to public places, he wouldn’t be the same person.

The people NewsWatch12 spoke with had a variety of opinions, but agreed yesterday’s tragedy will not impact where or how they will do their holiday shopping.