Run, hide, fight: Protect yourself in an active shooter situation

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An active shooter training response training session could help citizens survive random attacks.

Monday's attack on the campus of The Ohio State University was not the active shooter situation that was initially reported, but it was a man hell-bent on killing innocent people however possible. Security experts say if you think through these scary scenarios ahead of time, you greatly increase your chance of survival.

"That isn't the time to be a hero," says Rick Coker with Top Gun Security.

Top Gun Security runs active shooter drills all over the state. Director of Operations Rick Coker says although today's attack the Ohio State University was not a shooting, people still want to know how to protect themselves if it happens where they are.



"You got three choices. You either run, hide or fight. Today's scenario, when you're outside and there are areas to run, that's the best thing. Escape. Get away. Move away from the threat."

"Sometimes you don't have a choice but to hide," adds Top Gun Security founder and owner Jeff Moore. "But if they come to the room you're hiding in, you don't want to just roll over."

Moore says fighting is the last resort, and you don't stop until the threat is gone. Anything can be a weapon.

"Pretty much everybody carries a weapon with them all the time. It's a pen. It's a phenomenal weapon because once in the neck, break it off, we're done," says Coker.

As active shooter situations have increased over the last few years, so has Top Gun's business: from churches, private schools, and even hotels.

There are a few things they say you can install or keep around your own business to protect yourself in the event of an active shooter like panic buttons, surveillance cameras and a door bar.

They also say if you find yourself hiding in an active shooter/stabber situation, turn your phones off or on silent. And parents -- if this happens on your child's campus, wait for them to call you, because your phone call could give their position away.
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