When Judy Hoffman, manager of the Fire and Ice jewellery store at The Mall in Columbia, Maryland, scene of a deadly shooting incident on Saturday, was interviewed by CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield, she couldn't resist throwing in an enthusiastic plug for her shop.
“Judy Hoffman was a shopper in the mall,” Whitfield said. “She’s on the phone with us now. Where are you now?”
“Actually, I’m not a shopper,” Hoffman said. “Okay,” Whitfield interjected.
“I’m a manager at Fire and Ice at the Columbia Mall, near Nordstrom’s” Hoffman continued, adding “Fire and Ice is a very unique, fascinating store. We sell jewellery, fossils, a number of different unique things from all over the world…”
“So what happened? What happened while you were in the store today?” Whitfield cut in. Hoffman then recounted the incident, which occurred “on the other side of the mall” from where she was.