South Hills Village Mall employee helps create petition over security concerns

It’s been one week since that shooting threat at South Hills Village mall that ended

It’s been one week since that shooting threat at South Hills Village mall that ended with a man taken into police custody.Since the incident, Alexis Hawk and other concerned store employees started a petition demanding transparency. Hawk says besides a public statement released last Wednesday, there has been zero communication with mall officials. She says she helped create the petition because she believes the mall is handling the situation completely wrong.”I heard nothing from our security. I actually didn’t know the man was inside our mall, two stores away from me, until I saw your news report…I heard big talks the next day out that we were going to have all these security meetings and everything, and we still haven’t heard anything except the statement that they released publicly,” Hawk said.The statement from mall officials said police didn’t order a lockdown right away because they had a visual of the suspect, but Hawk said they still had a right to know.According to the statement, the mall also plans to install cameras but not until the end of the year.”I feel like with a company this size they could have gotten someone out here yesterday…it’s definitely questioning my safety here,” Hawk said.As of Tuesday night, more than 400 people had signed the petition.The mall’s statement said they also plan to install CCTV cameras at Ross Park Mall by the end of this year.

It’s been one week since that shooting threat at South Hills Village mall that ended with a man taken into police custody.

Since the incident, Alexis Hawk and other concerned store employees started a petition demanding transparency.

Hawk says besides a public statement released last Wednesday, there has been zero communication with mall officials. She says she helped create the petition because she believes the mall is handling the situation completely wrong.

“I heard nothing from our security. I actually didn’t know the man was inside our mall, two stores away from me, until I saw your news report…I heard big talks the next day out that we were going to have all these security meetings and everything, and we still haven’t heard anything except the statement that they released publicly,” Hawk said.

The statement from mall officials said police didn’t order a lockdown right away because they had a visual of the suspect, but Hawk said they still had a right to know.

According to the statement, the mall also plans to install cameras but not until the end of the year.

“I feel like with a company this size they could have gotten someone out here yesterday…it’s definitely questioning my safety here,” Hawk said.

As of Tuesday night, more than 400 people had signed the petition.

The mall’s statement said they also plan to install CCTV cameras at Ross Park Mall by the end of this year.

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