Active Shooter. Carl Rowan, Jr. Director of Special Services. Survival mindset Can sometimes prevent a situation from becoming violent Conditions/stressors which lead to violence Personality conflict (co-workers or supervisor/worker ) T ermination or disciplinary action
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Carl Rowan, Jr. Director of Special Services
Grudge over a real or imagined grievance
Breakup of a marriage or relationship
Other family conflicts
Financial or legal problems
Mental health issuesBehaviors of Concern
Although 19 year old Robert Hawkins penned a suicide note stating that he “just snapped” prior to killing 8 innocent people in an Omaha mall in 2007, the reality is that he had been ward of the state and spent four years in a series of treatment centers, group homes and foster care after threatening to kill his stepmother in 2002.
“Out of the blue...”
“Just leave it alone, it will resolve itself...”
“I can’t do anything to stop it...”
“It could never happen here...”
Most commonly occurred in a workplace environment (37 percent) or academic setting (17 percent)
Proper mindset and tools to react with purpose
Incidents over quickly (10-15 minutes)
First line of defense
Action taken by personnel on-site most effective way to stop the killing
Terrorists & Lone Wolves
Mentally IllWorkplace Violence Is a Real Concern
July 2012: Aurora, Co.
12 Dead/58 Wounded
April 2007: Virginia Tech
33 Dead/17 Wounded
Average police response:
As active shooter situations progress, studies have shown that there is a significant difference in how trained and untrained individuals react.
Startle and Fear
Recall what they have learned
Prepare to act as rehearsed
Commit to action
Startle and Fear
Fall into disbelief
Lost in denial
Descend into helplessness
Any action taken, or not taken, during an active-shooter incident may involve life-threatening risk
Have a plan in advance!
Navy Yard: Is there a place to hide? Cubicle farms?
There is no single right or wrong decision. Just be decisive. (Luby’s Restaurant)What is A Survival Mindset?
Move quickly; don’t wait for others to validate your decision
Leave belongings behind
Survival chances increase if not where shooter is or to go where he can’t see you
If you can still see your building, you are too close.
Call 9-1-1 and tell them name of shooter (if known), shooter description, location, number and type of weapons
Say “Active Shooter”
Don’t pull the fire alarm!
More attacks are possible.Courses of Action – Get Out / Call Out
Blockade door with heavy furniture. Open only for law enforcement!
Navy Yard: Too many access controlled rooms can hinder shelter-in-place.
Turn out lights; become totally silent
Turn off noise-producing devices
Call 9-1-1 (If you can do so without alerting the shooter)Courses of Action – Keep Out
Gives you options and makes it harder for the shooter
Quietly develop a plan of action in the event the shooter enters
Can have a contagious effect on others
Keeps others focused on survival
3-5 minutes may be all you needCourses of Action – Spread Out
Throw things, yell, use improvised weapons
If two or more of you, make a plan to overcome the shooter
Do the best that you can—choose to survive
You may be sheltered in place for hours.
Navy Yard: You may hear continuous gun fire. Could be LE vs shooter or LE breaching doors with shotguns.
What Could You Do in THIS Room???Courses of Action – take Out
Adjust your actions accordingly
No two active shooter incidents are the same
Keep your wits about you.
Don’t give up on your survival efforts: Baker & McKenzie
Do what ever it takes to survive.
YOU CAN AND WILL SURVIVE!Constantly Re-Evaluate
If your building was the scene of such an event, you may be unable to re-enter it for three or four days. Does your company have a plan for continuing operations during that period?