Sniper and local parks

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 1:03 PM

Are the sniper incidents affecting any local parks, such as SFA? Also, do you feel that large parks would be at high risk for such terrorist attacks? I would be pretty scared if I lived in that area, probably staying in my home... anyone on here from that area?

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 1:06 PM
I'm sure the parks are hurting. People won't even get gas (can you blame them?) so they can't be traveling too far from home.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 1:29 PM
SFA was very crowded last week, and would dare say it's not affecting attendance that much, if at all. I would say it's probably one of the safer things to do at this point. Afterall, they do have metal detectors. Of course, that doesn't stop him from shooting someone from the parking lot (after paying his $9 for parking of course), and hopping right onto 95 (4 miles) or 301 (3 miles).
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 1:31 PM
I wouldn't think there would be a risk of getting shot at a park. I mean, it really wouldn't provide a quick getaway, as is his norm.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 1:37 PM
I'm not all that worried about the sniper situation affecting my plans to visit SFA this coming weekend,instead I'm more concerned about the weather for saturday it this point in time.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 1:40 PM
PKD was absoulutely empty on Sunday since the sniper had struck less than a half hour away late the night before.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 2:21 PM
I live in that area and I wasn't scared but I'm 16 and now he said kids aren't safe so I'm getting worried.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 2:22 PM

I'll admit that it's a scary situation. If they don't catch this guy soon, I think people are going to stop going to places like amusment parks.

SFA might be the first to be affected by this.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:22 PM
I live 20 mins away from the Michaels attack in Fredericksburg, VA.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:40 PM

I'm wanting 2 go 2 SFA the first week of Nov. the sniper won't make me not go, infact, i would think an amusment park would be pretty safe since the only place u stand still is in the que lines. the only one @ SFA that I may not be comfortable with is Batwing, since it is at the back of the park and near woods, but the coaster is between u and the woods. I think it's a little safer to get on a thrill ride than 2 get gas right now, though.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:45 PM
I am more worried about the Sniper affecting a Redskins game.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:49 PM
God this is really starting to scare me ::shutter:...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3:56 PM

I know it wouldn't affect me. It is too hard to sneak a gun into a park, never the less a rifle. And it would be too hard to get a clear shot from outside the park.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 4:07 PM

I don't know how SFA's attendance figures compare to last October, but it would seem to me to be one of the safer places to go. When I went there was a police car at the entrance. There are no sight lines from public roads to the park, thus the sniper would have to enter the parking lot. Given his apparent preference for places with multiple escape routes, I think that he would be unlikely to chose SFA with only one exit and a police car by it.

I did make one change to my routine. I usually go out of the park to eat, both to save money and as a little bit of a break. This last time I just ate in.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 4:32 PM

I wouldn't worry about a sniper at a park or any other large event. Too many witnesses. What I do worry about and have thought of would be a suicide bomber.

Think about it. You have hundreds of people huddled close together in queues. A bomber in the middle could do a lot of damage. Not all parks have metal detectors.

I have written a letter to the Whitehouse about my concern. If you think of any things that a terrorist could do, please contact your representative or the FBI. Lord only knows what these people will do next.

I pray that they catch this guy/guys soon and my heart goes out to the families of the victims

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 4:51 PM

You should be more worried about chokeing on a life saver than getting shot by "the sniper". How many hundreds of thousands of people live in the areas that "the sniper has attacked"? Don't give into the medias sensationalism. The media only wants to scare you into buying their product of exageration.

You are more likely to get killed on a rollercoaster.

Please don't take offense at this. I am only trying to help.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:07 PM

I don't think you are more likely to get killed on a coaster. You may be more likely to win the lottery, but not get killed on a coaster.

I live my life one day at a time. I believe that when the Good Lord says it's your time, it's your time. Whether at home by heart attack, in a car crash, or by sniper bullet, when it's your time, it's your time. So don't worry about it. Live every day to the fullest because you really never know when it may be your last.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:12 PM
Dexter, oh yeah? Tell that to the families of anyone who's been shot . I'm sure each person thought that also before they got shot. You're not helping matters at all. It's a serious issue, and it's shutting down a lot of things that people normally take for granted i.e. high school sporting events, haunted houses outdoor festivals etc. Why don't you come down here from Altoona PA, and live here for a little while? I think you'd change your tune. It's scary.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:49 PM
It is scary. The sniper has killed as many people in a few weeks time, in a relativley small area as die in coaster accidents in a decade.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2002 5:55 PM

LOL Cobraroller,there are alot worse things to worry about at a Redskins game than the sniper,namely the skins getting their butts kicked by the opposing team,did you see sunday's game against the Packers? man what a loss that was.

Jim's right about the sniper though,I doubt he would be daring enough to open fire anywhere near SFA,although he did strike again in Montgomery county,not far from where his bloody rampage first began three weeks ago & tragically yet another innocent life was taken,I sure hope they catch this guy & soon.

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