Active Shooter – an armed individual who has used deadly force and continues to do so with unrestricted access. Different from Armed intruder or hostage – taker. Can involve single or multiple shooters, close encounters, distant encounters, targeted or random victims, single or multiple room confrontations.
In the event of active shooter on campus:
- Get Out and Call Out – Move quickly to get out and away from situation, leave your belongings and call 911 provide the name of the shooter if known, shooter description, location, number and type of weapon.
- Hide Out and Keep Out – If you are not able to get out, find a well hidden and protected space. Find a place that can be locked with objects to hide behind. Blockade the door with heavy furniture, turn out the lights, and be silent. Turn off noise-producing device; call 911 if you can do so without alerting the shooter.
- Spread Out and Take Out - If two or more DO NOT huddle together, quietly develop a plan of action if the shooter enters the room. Remain calm. Assume shooter intentions are lethal, shooter will succeed in killing all those with whom he comes in contact UNLESS you stop him. You must be prepared to do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat:
- Throw things, yell, use improvised weapons
- If two or more of you, make a plan to overcome the shooter
- Do the best you can – Choose to Survive.
ARMED INTRUDER/ HOSTAGE SITUATION
In the event of an active shooter, armed intruder (Gun, Knife, or other Weapon) or hostage situation:
- Campus Safety 395-7770
- Provide the following information:
- The nature of the incident
- Specific location and number of people at your location
- If medical assistance is needed and types of injuries
- Give the assailant's location
- Type of weapon (long gun or hand gun)
- Identity (if known)
- Description of the person (Clothing, hair color, hat, backpack, etc.)
If possible, lock office or classroom doors and remain quiet and out of sight.
Do not try to overpower an armed or threatening suspect. Past police practice indicates that these encounters can be successfully negotiated to a peaceful conclusion.
Last updated: 9/14/2011 - csg