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Following gunfire, Lindale Mall says it's constantly reviewing security plans

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Months ago cell phone video was put online, showing a brawl at Lindale Mall -- and had some wondering if there was enough security in place. This past weekend, Cedar Rapids police say someone shot a gun in the parking lot. Luckily no one was injured and there was no damage but police did find a bullet.

Still, many say they feel safe at the mall.

"I generally go during the day so I definitely do feel safe," said Angela Benson, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

"It's still a safe mall and I think it's still a good mall," said Don Taylor, who lives in Cedar Rapids.

But, Taylor says his daughter and granddaughters don't feel as safe as he does.

"They still go," said Taylor. "They're leery. But by the same token there's things they have to get and need and it's the same thing with them, they have to get out. Where do you go?"

Others told us off camera they don't feel safe at Lindale and try to avoid the mall, shopping at places like Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville instead.

According to Lindale Mall's General Manager, they are constantly reviewing security plans to make sure the mall is safe. KWWL was able to confirm with Cedar Rapids police that they have increased patrols around the mall.

Lindale Mall released this statement following the shots fired incident: 

“The safety of our mall patrons is our number one priority. We are constantly evaluating our security programs to ensure we are taking proactive measures, including maintaining consistent security patrol of our mall, continuous employee & customer communication, and maintaining a strong partnership with Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Those measures were in place Saturday evening, when mall security responded quickly and appropriately to diffuse a situation at the mall. We are thankful there were no injuries, and we're grateful for the dedication of our security team and CRPD. We take these situations very seriously, and are working closely with CRPD as they continue their investigation."

There have been more confirmed reports of shots fired in Cedar Rapids this year than ever before. So far there have been 79 cases. 

The most before this year was in 2012 when officers reported 64 cases.




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