Today, after church and lifegroup, we drove up to Everett to go to Wal-Mart. It's a little bit of a drive but it's the least insane one to go to. As we're shopping in the entertainment section, we hear a loud crash in front of us. When we turned to see what was up, an elderly woman collapsed right in front of us. She hit her head as she hit the floor but was conscious. Sarah immediately started helping her by putting her coat under her head. Pretty soon, Wal-Mart employees were there with forms to fill out (thanks for the help, guys) and the ladies son and daughter-in-law showed up. Not too long after that, paramedics arrived. The info we got was that she had a heart monitor put in on Thursday and this was her first outing since. She fainted/blacked out and hit the floor. They picked her up at one point and put her in a chair but then they laid her back on the floor and she blacked out again. Sarah gave her info and then we scooted along since there was a bit of a crowd gathering. As we were leaving the store we noticed they had not taken her out yet.
We then drove to Alderwood Mall, specifically J. C. Penney's, to see if Sarah could find a dress coat in a particular size. As we pulled into the parking lot we could see that a large section of the lot was taped off. Cops, news vans, mall security and fire trucks were all over the place. We shopped, didn't find a coat and left. When we got home I checked the news on the internet. A 70-year-old woman was found in the parking garage nearest Penney's dead on the floor with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police suspect the wound was self-inflicted.
After we left Penney's, we went to Burlington Coat Factory. Sarah said if there were cops in the parking lot, we were leaving. There weren't. She found a coat. I bought shoes. No old ladies were injured.
What a day.