■ All but 2 incidents involved a single shooter.
    ■ In at least 9 incidents, the shooter first shot and killed a family member(s) in a
    residence before moving to a more public location to continue shooting.
    In at least 6 incidents, the shooters were female.
    ■ In 64 incidents (40.0%), the shooters committed suicide; 54 shooters did so at the
    scene of the crime.
    ■ At least 5 shooters from 4 incidents remain at large.

    In the FBI study, they identified 160 active shooter incidents, noting they occurred in
    small and large towns, in urban and rural areas, and in 40 of 50 states and the
    District of Columbia.  Though incidents occurred primarily in commerce and
    educational environments (70.0%), they also occurred on city streets, on military and
    other government properties, and in private residences, health care facilities, and
    houses of worship. The shooters victimized young and old, male and female, family
    members, and people of all races, cultures, and religions.

    According to a recent survey, the average response time for a high-priority 911 call is:
    Atlanta, Ga                                           11 minutes and 12 sec  
    El Paso, Texas                                      11 minutes and 11 sec  
    Denver, Colorado                                11 minutes flat
    Tucson, Arizona                                  10 minutes and 11 sec
    North Fort Worth, Texas                     10 minutes and 11 sec
    Kansas City, Mo.                                 less than 10 minutes
    Oklahoma City, Ok                             less than 10 minutes
    Nashville-Davidson County, Tn        below 9 minutes
    Dallas, Texas                                        7 minutes 51 sec

    Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active
    shooter situations are often over within 6 to 10 minutes, before law enforcement
    arrives on the scene, individuals and companies must be prepared both mentally
    and physically to deal with an active shooter situation until local law enforcement
    arrives on the scene.

    Being prepared for the unexpected is absolutely essential to survival.  Situation
    awareness can mean the difference  between a life and death situation.  An assailant
    will attack when it is to his best advantage with surprise on his side.  You will
    always be a least 2 steps behind your assailant.  
  • He has already planned who he is going to attack and is fully committed.
  • He has visualized what to do.  
  • He is ready to act and you have not even thought about it.
    When an attack occurs, range to your target will be from contact to 20 feet.

    Situational awareness is simply knowing what’s going on around you. In reality, this
    requires much practice and training your mind.   This is taught to soldiers, security
    personnel and law enforcement officers.  It’s an important skill for you to learn as
    well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone
    else can keep you and your loved ones safe.  This is a skill that can and should be
    developed for reasons outside of personal defense and safety.   This is really just
    another word for mindfulness, and you can develop your mind to be more cognizant
    of what’s going on around you and more present in your daily activities.  Knowing
    this can help you make better decisions in all aspects of my life.
  • Maintain a Situational Awareness of your surroundings (This is not operating
    out of fear).
  • Area/People/Time of Day
  • Preparedness eliminates PANIC.
  • Have plan wherever you are.
  • Identify All Exits upon entering a building and maintain the "Two Exit" rule.
  • Identify potential Hides or Safe locations.
  • Do not position yourself to be in an enclosed space with nowhere to go.
  • By proper training and developing an alert and suspicious mindset, you can
    recognize and be prepared to deal with active shooters and emergencies.

    With a Company, there are Ways to Prepare For and Potential Prevent an Active
    Shooter Situation.  Management must take an proactive role in the preparedness and
    be decisive when the time comes.
    - Predesignate at least two evacuation routes (Two Exit Rule) within your facility.
    - Post evacuation routes in conspicuous locations throughout your facility.
    - Train personnel on being able to identify the 7 indicators of a concealed
    Gun/Weapon and being able to recognize the sound of gunfire.
    1. The Security Check
    2. Unnatural Gait
    3. Jacket or Clothing Sag
    4. Hunchback Stride
    5. Bulges or Outline of a Weapon
    6. Visible Weapon
    7. Palming
    - Predesignate potential hides and lock down locations for your personnel.
    - Train personnel on potential items within the workplace that could be used as
    weapons of self defense.
    - Develop a Active Shooter packet that you can make available to local law
    enforcement and first responders (Blueprints, Evacuation Routes, Key personnel
    list, Keys, Power shutoff locations and etc.)
    - Encourage law enforcement, emergency responders, SWAT/Rapid Response
    teams, K-9 teams and/or bomb squads to train for an active shooter scenario
    at your location.
    - Foster a respectful workplace
    - Be aware of indications of workplace violence and take remedial actions
    - Identify and select 2-5 personnel (organization dependent) that are state
    licensed concealed carry/LTC personnel within you organization to carry a
    concealed handgun in your facility.   These personnel must have some active
    shooter training before doing so.
    - Consider conducting active shooter scenarios/drills after hours or during a
    working lunch within you facility with your concealed carry personnel.  This is
    tactics that deal with how to engage an active shooter within a populated and
    confined area.

    If or When an Active Shooter incident occurs then you personnel need to do the
  • Determine that you and those with you ARE NOT going to become VICTIMS
  • Minimize your signature to the shooter (Do Not Give Him Something to shot at!)
  • DO NOT Become Paralyzed by Fear
  • MAKE your body MOVE… and Assist others…..
  • Move to a safe location
  • Lockdown your location with a locking system and/or establish a barricade (Chairs,
    desk, boxes and etc.) to prevent the active shooter from entering your location.
  • When Safe, Call 911 and provide them the following information:
  • Immediacy of threat (life threating, urgent, or unknown)
  • Number of shooters
  • Location of suspects
  • Types of weapons (pistols, rifles, shotguns, automatics and etc.)
  • Possible traps or explosives (location, size of devices or none)
  • Need for Medical and condition of injured.
  • Your Location
  • Number of personnel in danger.

    Determine that you are going to Fight to WIN….

  • Determine that you WILL NOT BE A VICTIM.
  • Check your surroundings for potential weapons in your defense.
  • Potential objects for shields
  • Sharp objects for piercing or stabbing.
  • Long objects for piercing or stabbing.
  • Objects that can be wielded.

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    •If that time comes, you must be mentally prepared to stand between the shooter
    and his targets and ENGAGE HIM. (This is a deadly force situation so be prepared to
    cause severe injury and possibly death to the shooter.)  
    •If you can accomplish this from a protected position, DO IT!)
    •At all times before engaging the shooter, it is crucial that you are aware of any third
    person (innocent bystanders) near or around the shooter are not in the line of fire.
    (Remember that you will be engaging the active shooter in a populated and confined
    SAFETY for innocent bystanders is a “FIRST PRIORITY”.       
             Note: Engaging the shooter with Live Fire is always a LAST RESORT!!!!

                                  AFTER A SHOOTING ENDS….    BEFORE THE POLICE ARRIVE:
  • If you have a gun, you must quickly put down your firearm and place your hands
    behind your head with fingers laced.  (DO NOT remain holding your weapon,
    because you can be mistaken for the active shooter!!!!)
  • ADVISE EVERYONE to stay on the ground until you are told to move by Law
    Enforcement Personnel. (People have a built-in urge to run for safety)
  • Resist Quick movement that create confusion and complicates the situation for
  • If you are on the ground, when you do get up, AVOID:
  • Sudden movements
  • Panic actions
  • Stand up Empty handed.   
  • Having any object in your hand that could be construed as a threat by SWAT!!!  

    The ability to be trained to respond can give you the edge you need, but this
    requires good training, habits and muscle memory techniques that allows your
    training to respond for you. Your shooting skills can be perfected.

    Historically, the shooting distance in 95% of NYPD law enforcement cases from 1994
    - 2000 was less than 15 feet.  
            Shooting Distance         Were Involved     Hit Ratio (Accuracy)
  • Contact to 2 feet......                 69%                       38%
  • 3 feet to 7 feet ......                    19%                       17%
  • 8 feet to 15 feet ......                    6%                         9%
  • 16 feet to 25 feet ....                    2%                         8%
  • 25+ feet ...................                   1%                         4%
  • Unknown ................                  3%                         2%
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    professionals that will provide on and off site training that will enable you to
    plan for and if necessary engage an active shooter.

    ON/OFF-SITE TRAINING   Pricing based on the unique needs of the company.
    Situational Awareness Training
  • 7 Potential Indicators of Gun/Weapon
  • Recognizing the sound of gunshots
  • Common Signs of Emotional Upheaval
    Personal Defense Techniques (Use of Stun Guns and Identification of Devices
    for Defense and Barricades)
    License to Carry Training
  • Laws that Relate to Weapons and  Use of Deadly Force
  • Handgun Use And Safety
  • Handgun Marksmanship
  • Confined Space Engagement Techniques (Company Specific)
  • Exam Review (Written and Shooting Proficiency)
    Establishing Layers of Defense
    Establishing Lockdown Policy Unique to the company
    Recommended Delegation of Responsibility
    Potential Deterrents before Shooter enters the company
    Shooter enters the company
    Hostages Situation (What to do until Law Enforcement arrives)
    After the Situation Ends
    Interact with Law Enforcement
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    A suspect (male or female) who’s activity is immediately causing death and serious
    bodily injury. The activity is not contained and there is immediate risk of death and
    serious injury to potential victims.    In most cases, active shooters use firearms and
    there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations
    are unpredictable and evolve quickly.

    The first part of preparing for self defense against an active shooter is to realize that an
    active shooting can occur anywhere. It can happen where you live or work in a rural
    community or a big city.  You cannot assume that it could not happen where you live.  The
    better prepared you are the better you chances are to survive such an attack.

    The general characteristics of an active shooter are for example…
  • 98% of the time the active shooter is alone.
  • 96% of the time it is a male.
  • The average incident lasts no more than 12 minutes.
  • 40% of the time the shooter commits suicide during the incident.

    What these statistics show is that the perpetrator will be a lone male who is very focused,
    and the shooting occur abruptly and will last for several minutes.  You need to determine
    that you "Will Not Be A Victim" and be prepared to survive by yourself.  This may include
    attempting to stop the shooter yourself - before law enforcement can arrive.
                                          Active Shooter Incidents in 2014-2015
    40 incidents in 26 states: 20 incidents in 2014; 20 incidents in 2015.
    231 casualties: 92 killed and 139 wounded (excluding the shooters).
    4 law enforcement officers killed and 10 wounded in 6 incidents.
    3 unarmed security guards wounded.
       6 incidents ended when citizens acted to end the threat.
    26 incidents ended with law enforcement at the scene.
    14 incidents ended with an exchange of gunfire between the 16 shooters and law   
    12 killed by police, one off-duty.
    3 committed suicide.
    1 surrendered to law enforcement.
    42 shooters.
        39 male
           3 female.
    2 husband-and-wife teams.
    16 shooters committed suicide.
    14 shooters were killed by law enforcement.
    12 shooters were apprehended.
                                                                               Citizens’ Involvement in 2014-2015
    In 6 incidents, citizens successfully acted to end the shootings.

    In 2 separate incidents, a citizen with a valid firearms permit exchanged gunfire with the
    shooter before the shooters were restrained and taken into custody by law enforcement.

    In 2 incidents, citizens physically restrained the shooters until law enforcement arrived,
    one with the aid of pepper spray.

    In 2 incidents, students were confronted by teachers;
            A 12-year-old middle school student placed his gun on the floor when ordered to do so.
           A 15-year-old high school student committed suicide at the scene.

    In another incident, a citizen with a valid firearms permit pursued shooters inside a store,
    but was shot and killed before he fired his weapon.