Raw Video: CSU stages mock active shooter scenario as part of emergency drill
Columbus State University staged a mock active shooter scenario on campus today to test the response of its police department and local public safety.
The scenario played out in the Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, where authorities controlled two "active shooters," diffused a "bomb," and pulled one "wounded" and two "deceased gunshot wound victims" from the scene. Simulated gunfire was exchanged between police and both mock shooters, leaving one suspect "dead" and an officer "injured."
Meanwhile, other emergency management personnel on campus were meeting at the command center and addressing the situation, which included using an emergency notification system to alert the faculty, staff and students about the "threat."
"We try to have our training be as realistic as possible...," said Sgt. Brett Stanelle with the Columbus State University Police Department. "That gets the adrenaline running. The officers response is more as it would be to a true emergency but within a contained and controlled training enviroment."
The other agencies who participated in the drill were the Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Emergency Management.
Stanelle said it's vital that the agencies unite to execute this drill as a team, so they'll know how to work together in case an actual life-threatening incident were to happen on campus.
"The most successful competent of this training exercise was the ability to bring together all of these different functional pieces, both one and off campus," Stanelle said. "We had a lot of people come and participate in this training exercise and that really helps things go off without a hitch."
Stanelle said there are three primary courses of action people should consider when faced with an active shooter or any other threat.
The first option, Stanelle said, would be to flee if it's safe to do so. Take note of emergency exits, he advised.
"It may be safe to go out of that emergency exit," Stanelle said. "It may not be safe to go down the stairs where you're used to coming out, because that may be where the suspect and threat presents itself.
Barricading in place would be the second option, Stanelle added.
"There would be several other options involved in that — physical barricades with the door, going into a secluded area of the building, [or] anything that could create distance between the individual and a threat."
The last resort would be to defend yourself against the attacker or threat.
— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.