Police provide advice on what to do in active shooting situations

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As thousands of people scrambled to find safety during the shooting in Las Vegas, many of them had only seconds to decide what to do.

Some people ran, while others huddled together on the ground, waiting for the shots to stop.

Indiana State Police train schools, businesses and churches on what to do in active shooter situations. The situation in Las Vegas was very unique, but Sgt. John Perrine said it's always important to have a plan.

In most active shooting situations, state police teach the “run, hide, fight method.”

"We talk about the options everybody has in a mass violence situation and we work off the premise of run, hide, fight, and we break down what each one of those entails," Sgt. Perrine said.

Running is always the best option, according to police. If running follow these steps:

  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Help others escape if possible

If you can't run, hide.

  • Lock/blockade doors
  • Silence your phone
  • Hide behind large objects

The last resort is always to fight:

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Improvise weapons
  • Commit to your actions

"We don’t work in a world of absolutes. We can’t tell you this is what you have to do in this situation, but we can talk about recognizing what your options are," said Sgt. Perrine.

If you are interested in signing your group up for the unarmed response to active shooter training program, or to learn more information, click here.

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