ISP trooper: you can survive a mass shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon is a reminder that mass shootings can happen anywhere, at any time, officials say.

A recent study out of the University of Alabama shows the United States has more mass shootings than any other country.

If you find yourself in a shooting scenario, you may think there’s no way you can survive, but Indiana State Police says there is a way stay alive even if you’re staring down the barrel of a gun.

“In today’s society, unfortunately, we have to be prepared,” said Indiana State Police Trooper John Perrine.

Twenty children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twelve were killed watching Batman in a Colorado movie theater. And nine parishioners were killed during bible study at a Charleston church.

More than 300 have been killed since 1966 in mass shootings. And research suggests the massacres won’t end, but you can control the outcome.

ISP is using videos fto train teachers, students and bus drivers what to do.

“We don’t ask these teachers to die for their students — although, most would — we ask these teachers to live for their students, to prepare for the worst,” Perrine explained.

The first option, according to ISP, is to run.

“If you can get out of the building or out the violence, then do that. But you have to know that you can get out safely, you have to have good information of where the violence is and you have to know where you’re going. You’re not going to run out of a safe room, or somewhere where you’re safe, to a place where you’re not sure if you’re safe,” Perrine said.

The second option is to hide.

“To hide means we’re going to lock and barricade the door, and we’re going to turn off the lights and put everybody out of view of the windows, if possible,” Perrine said.

This scenario played out at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Connecticut State Police said teachers saved lives by barricading children, keeping them away from the shooter.

The third option is to fight.

“While you’re hiding, you’re going to prepare yourself for the third option. Every person has the right to fight for their life and it’s just that,” Perrine said. “If the first time you ever think about how you’re going to react to a violent encounter is when its actually happening, you’re thought process is way behind.”

Management at Georgetown 14 Cinemas on the city’s northwest side is ahead of the curve, improving its security.

“If it’s not secure and safe, people won’t come,” said Lee Freedman, the theater’s General Manager.

They’ve updated their cameras and added security guards. The theater checks bags and does not allow firearms on property.

“We ask for cooperation, but if they’re not going to cooperate, we also don’t have to sell them a ticket,” said Freedman.

Georgetown 14 Cinemas’ corporate company may add infrared cameras to theaters.

As Trooper Perrine says, its all about preparing for the worst.

“If you practice this and mentally prepare yourself for this, if you ever found yourself in this situation you’re going to fall back on your training and you’re going to fall back on your preparedness,” said Perrine.

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