Local shoppers remain alert after mass shootings, recent scare

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) With the start of tax-free weekend across the state of Texas, there is a different feeling this time around for shoppers.

After recent mass shootings in California, El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, some shoppers say they are on edge.

Just Thursday, a false report of an active shooter inside a Harker Heights Walmart store, sent shoppers and workers running out of the store. Police say the initial call was for a reported theft.

"It does keep me on edge. I do kind of look out. At a movie theater, I look for an exit, kind of being aware of my surroundings. " Damon Schaefer told News 10.

For others, they aren't letting the tragic shootings change their everyday routine.

"Everything is the same. We just go do what we need to do and don't think about it," Therese Taylor-Duckett said.

As a shopper what can you do?

Police recommend when going into any place, look and figure out the nearest exit. Exits are often located on the side of the building, not just front entrance doors.

Another recommendation is to be aware of your surroundings.

Across the area, police departments are aware of the increase in shoppers expected this weekend, but most are not making any changes.

In Waco, police will be patrolling the streets as normal. Killeen and Copperas Cove police departments are not making any plans for increased patrolling. In Temple, it is also current patrol as usual and Harker Heights police officers will have a "high visible police presence."

Officials say if you see anything suspicious, contact local authorities.

The tax-free weekend includes items such as clothes, shoes and school supplies sold for less than $100.