Active shooter

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How to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity


  • Have an escape plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible.


  • Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view.
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
  • Silence your cellphone and/or pager.


  • Take action as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

Call 911 when it is safe to do so


How to respond when law enforcement arrives

  • Remain calm and follow the officers’ instructions.
  • Put down items in your hands (i.e., bags, jackets).
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers.
  • Keep hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid quick movements toward offices such as attempting to hold onto them for safety.
  • Do not stop to ask offices for help or direction when evacuating.


Information you should provide to law enforcement or 911 operator

  • Location of the active shooter.
  • Number of shooters.
  • Number and type of weapons held by shooter(s).
  • Number of potential victims on location.


Coping with an active shooter situation

  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers.
  • Take note of the two nearest exits in any facility you visit.
  • If you are in an office, stay there and secure the door.
  • Attempt to take the active shooter down as a last resort.

Profile of an active shooter
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.

Characteristics of an active shooter situation

  • Victims are selected at random.
  • The event in unpredictable and evolves quickly.
  • Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation.

For more information, call the app Police Department at 581.4040.