Local church holds active shooter training session

What do you do when there's an active shooting? That's a question that was answered for some local church members at an active shooter training Thursday.

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 10:35 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2018 10:20 AM

UTICA -- What do you do when there's an active shooting? That's a question that was answered for some local church members at an active shooter training Thursday.

Members of the Church of Christ in Utica and the general public were able to learn about what they should do if they were ever in an active shooting situation.

The instructor of the training, Jose Marrero, says that most people don't practice what they would do in an active shooting situation because they think it won't happen to them. With so many mass shootings happening throughout the country, he says it's always important to just be prepared.

NBC reports that there have been 307 mass-shootings in the 311 days of this year alone.

Marrero says if you are ever in an active shooting situation, three tips he shared were to escape, barricade yourself, or fight as a last resort.

"Let's say you were in a position where there is no escape,” Marrero said. “You're hunkered down. You're in a room with one door or one window. Hunker down, barricade, lock the door. Use anything and everything in that room to secure that door. If that door has no lock in it, then move a couch on top of it. Move a table in front of it. Do anything you can to survive."

This comes after the recent shooting that happened at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and the mass shooting that happened at a bar in California on Wednesday.

The training instructor says it's unlikely that active shooter situations will go away, and it's important for people to have as much knowledge about these situations as possible.

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