What would you do if you found yourself in a room or a building with someone who pulled out a gun and started shooting?
No one knows for sure unless they find themselves in that unfortunate position. It seems to be happening with more frequency, the latest incident occurring Friday at the University of Alabama Huntsville.
Professor Amy Bishop is facing capital murder in the shooting deaths of three UAH faculty members Friday. Three more were wounded, two critically in a shooting that happened during a staff meeting.
Here are some common sense tips from the University System of Georgia developed after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.
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• If it is safe to do so run
• Drop and leave your personal belongings (books, book bag, purse)
• Exit the immediate area
• Proceed cautiously as there may be more than one shooter
• Keep your hands visible and not in your pockets
• Call 911 or your campus police and provide as much information as you can as soon as it is safe to do so
• If you are located outside a building, seek cover immediately
• Put something between you and the shooter
• If you are in a hallway, escape out the nearest exit if it is safe to do so
• If any doubt exists, find a safe area and barricade the door with any available items
• Locate the nearest classroom/closet/office with a door
• Lock or barricade the door with any available items
• Block or cover windows to the hallway and close blinds
• Turn off the room lights
• Silence your cell phone and other electronics in the room
• Place signs in exterior windows so responders will know where you are located
• After securing the room, position people out of sight as best as possible
• Look for possible window exits if you are on or near the ground floor
• Fight back only as a last resort and when your life is in imminent danger
• Organize others and formulate a plan
• Throw books, chairs, book bags, etc. at the shooter
• Overpower the shooter and disarm him
Source: Plan, Prepare, React: Active Shooter Response Options for Students, Staff and Faculty. University System of Georgia