GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) – During the past month there have been two mass shootings, one at a Navy shipyard in Washington, DC and another at a mall in Africa.
But if you were faced with a shooting and hostage situation would you know what to do? In Etowah County investigators are teaching residents when to – Run, Hide or Fight.
Columbine. It was the school shooting that rocked the nation in April of 1999. Now 14 years later, mass shootings are not so shocking and instead something we train and prepare for. “It’s the world we live in and we don’t need to be naïve,” says federal court employee Chris Callies.
A movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, an elementary school in Sandy Hook, a navy shipyard near the nation’s capitol, all were targets of well armed gunmen. Even a middle school within 20 miles of the Magic City was a crime scene.
But no more. Many say they’re no longer content to be victims. That’s why they came to the class taught by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night.
“I spend a lot of time at the elementary school,” says Callies. “And if something happens while I’m at the school and i want to be able to help the teachers and the faculty.”
Grandmother Shelia Hurley says she’s worried more about when she’s with her grandchildren. “If i have my grandchildren with me and i’m shopping i certainly want to know how to get them to safety and what to do,” she says.
Etowah Co. Investigator Ben Greene says in emergency situations it all boils down to three options, ”You run. You get away as fast as you can. If you can’t, you hide. And if you’re face to face with it – you fight.”
While it may be scary at first, the more training people do, the more it becomes instinct. And Greene says that means chances of survival increase.