Cincinnati bank shooting highlights the importance of security awareness and knowing how to react in an Active Shooter scenario.
Reuters: A gunman opened fire inside a bank in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning, killing three people and wounding others before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.
The shooter began firing inside a loading dock at the Fifth Third Bank headquarters near Fountain Square, police said. He then entered the lobby where he exchanged fire with law enforcement.
“He was actively shooting innocent victims, it appears, and our officers were able to kill him and stop the threat very quickly,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told a news conference.
In 2017, there were 29 active shooter events in the United States. Instead of being paranoid I suggest we empower ourselves with Security Awareness!
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
1.RUN • Have an escape route and plan in mind • Leave your belongings behind • Keep your hands visible
2. HIDE • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
3. FIGHT • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.
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.
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