As often happens during chaotic and deadly shootings as what happened during the killings at the Sikh temple, some people hid in closets and other nooks to try and avoid the gunman. Since it was not initially clear how many gunmen were involved and whether people were being held hostage, it took some time for the all clear to be sounded and for people to feel safe enough to come out of hiding.
During the time they were hiding, a few were terrified that their friends and relatives, having heard of the events at the temple, would call them on their cell phones to find out if they were ok, since the ringing of the phones would have given away their location to the assailants. At least those people would have been able to put their phones on mute. But it is too much to expect most people in such a panic-inducing situation to have the presence of mind to think of taking such a precaution.
So here’s a tip. If in the unfortunate event that you suspect that someone you know might be in a dangerous situation, don’t try and call or text them on their cell phones unless you know for sure that they are safe.