Monday, October 15, 2012

Active Shooter

A young man from a small town joined the Army.  He served overseas during the war.  He traveled some after leaving the military.  His relatives described him as "a little off."  He returned to his hometown and he kept complaining that people were following him, drugging him and preventing him from acheiveing the success he should have gotten.

He purchased a double barrel shotgun and an H&R handgun.  He also purchased ammunition for both weapons.  At about 9:30 p.m. he approached the venue of an outdoor band concert. He fired about eight times from his shotgun and then shot himself with his handgun when he thought he was about to be captured.  Nine people were killed and twenty-five were wounded. 

While this story sounds like something from todays headlines, it's was in Winfield, Kansas in 1903.  Several armed officers and armed citizens responded but they were too far away or were unable to determine what was happening before the suspect shot himself to death.  When faced with an active shooter, rapid response and fast identification of the location of the shooter are two of the most important factors; that's what the SGT Says.

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