Most people don't consider working in an apparel store a high-risk job. And it's not......until it is.
But earlier this week, tragedy struck when 37-year old Eunice Marie Vaquez, was fatally shot inside the Under Armour store in the International Premium Outlets mall where she worked in Orlando, Florida.
The suspected gunman, a former employee identified as 46-year old Daniel Everrett, who had been fired earlier in the day, entered the store during business hours and shot Ms. Vaquez, according to police.
"Everett allegedly sent an email to some Under Armour employees whom he felt were responsible for his firing, including Vazquez." (Original article here.)
According to reports, the suspect fled the scene and is still at large.
Our hearts go out to the victim's family and those effected by this tragic attack. As the story develops, it leaves us with a number of questions:
What was the content of the alleged emails to the employees? Did it provide any warnings? Was management aware? If so what steps, if any, did they take to protect their employees?
What was the firearms policy of the store and the outlet mall where it was located? Were employees forced to choose between staying employed or taking steps to protect themselves?
Many questions abound, but there's one thing we do know: you can go your whole life and never become a victim of violence, or you one day, it can show ups on the road, at home, or your place of work.
You can't choose when or if it happens. The only choice you have is how you prepare to meet it.
Stay sharp, friends.