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What to do in case of a mass shooting

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As we hear about mass shootings, one big concern that comes to mind is what are you supposed to do if you ever find yourself in one of these situations. As we hear about mass shootings, one big concern that comes to mind is what are you supposed to do if you ever find yourself in one of these situations.

As we hear about mass shootings, one big concern that comes to mind is what are you supposed to do if you ever find yourself in one of these situations.

KHQ spoke with Sergeant Shawn Kendall, the assistant training director at the Spokane Police Training Site. He's not only in charge of training police in what to do in these types of situations, but everyday members of our community as well.

He says if you're ever involved in a shooting, stay calm. First, figure out what you're hearing so you know what's going on.

Your next priority is to get out. If you can safely leave wherever the shooting is happening, do it.

If you can't, set up a barricade or cover yourself so you're protected from the shooter.

Kendall says your last resort should be to attack the attacker. And of course as soon as it's safely possible, call 9-1-1 to get help.     

For most people, being in the middle of something like this is something we'd never expect. Sergeant Kendall says one of the best ways you can prepare yourself is to take one of the classes Spokane Police offer.

"I put on civilian training and I'll actually expose them to the actual sounds of an actual shooter," explained Sergeant Kendall. "That obviously will help under real life conditions, because you experienced it at a training level."

Spokane Police offer several training classes throughout the year

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