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CNBNews ALERT: What Would You Do If An Active Shooter Was Near You?

BUFFALO, NY (May 23, 2022)--An 18-year-old white man opened fire at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket on Saturday,  May 14, killing 10 people and wounding three others in what authorities have described as a “hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism”.  Authorities said that the shooter drove to Tops Friendly Market at about 2.30pm, “allegedly wearing tactical gear and armed with an assault weapon”. When the shooter arrived, he shot four people outside the grocery, three of whom died, local prosecutors said.  ~The Guardian

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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--The above graph was from a report on the recent mass shooting at a Buffalo New York supermarket. Ten people were

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killed and three others were wounded. Would you know what to do if  a similar incident happened to you at the shore, at a concert, at the mall or elsewhere?  The College of St. Mary's , St. Mary's City, Maryland released the video, titled Run. Hide. Fight;Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 14.10.14 Surviving an Active Shooter along with the information to their students. Please take the few minutes it takes to watch the video and to read the instructions.  Who knows, someday the details might save your life. 

RUN: Evacuate If Possible

  • If there is considerable distance between you and the gunfire/armed person, quickly move away from the sound of the gunfire/armed person. If the gunfire/armed person is in your building and it is safe to do so, run out of the building and move far away until you are in a secure place to hide.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible to law enforcement.
  • Take others with you, but do not stay behind because others will not go.
  • Call 911 when it is safe to do so. Do not assume that someone else has reported the incident. The information that you are able to provide law enforcement may be critical, e.g. number of shooters, physical description and identification, number and type(s) of weapons, and location of the shooter.

HIDE: Hide silently in as safe a place as possible

  • If the shooter is in close proximity and you cannot evacuate safely, hide in an area out of the armed person’s view.
  • Choose a hiding place with thicker walls and fewer windows, if possible.
  • Lock doors and barricade with furniture, if possible.
  • Turn off lights
  • Silence phones and turn off other electronics.
  • Close windows, shades and blinds, and avoid being seen from outside the room, if possible.
  • If you are outdoors and cannot RUN safely, find a place to hide that will provide protection from gunfire such as a brick wall, large trees or buildings.
  • Remain in place until you receive an “all clear” signal from Blackboard Connect.

FIGHT: Take action to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter

  • As a last resort, fight. If you cannot evacuate or hide safely and only when your life is in imminent danger, take action.
  • Attempt to incapacitate or disrupt the actions of the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression toward the shooter.
  • Use items in your area such as fire extinguishers or chairs.
  • Throw items at the shooter if possible.
  • Call 911 when it is safe to do so.

Immediately after an incident:

  • Wait for Local Law Enforcement officers to assist you out of the building, if inside.
  • When law enforcement arrives, students and employees must display empty hands with open palms.

Note:

  • Understand that gunfire may sound artificial. Assume that any popping sound is gunfire.
  • If there are two or more persons in the same place when a violent incident begins, you should spread out in the room to avoid offering the aggressor an easy target.
  • Be mindful that violent attacks can involve any type of weapon, not just a gun. Knives, blunt objects, physical force or explosives can be just as deadly as a gun. The suggested actions provided here are applicable in any violent encounter.
  • Plan ahead: Visualize possible escape routes, including physically accessible routes for students and staff with disabilities and others with limited mobility.

source:: College of St.MARYS

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