Active Shooter Training

What is an Active Shooter?

"Active SHOOTER” is a phrase used by law enforcement that describes: an armed person who is actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims.

The FBI defines mass murder as murdering four or more persons during an event with no “cooling-off period” between the murders. 

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Active Shooter may involve:

  • Single, multiple Shooters.

  • Close and distant encounters. 

  • Targeted individuals, random victims.

  • Single-room confrontations, mobile confrontations.

  • Explosives (homemade bombs).

  • Active shooter situations are often over within 3 to 13 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene.

  • Average Law Enforcement on scene within 3 minutes. 

According to Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that continuously tracks gun-related death and injury reports based on official records, there were 346 mass shootings occurred in America in 2017.

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While victim selection is often random, the violent attacks are not. They are meticulously planned, resourced, rehearsed, and methodically executed. Active shooter situations are unpredictable an evolve quickly.

  • In most cases, active shooters use firearms.

  • Active shooters many times will continue to move throughout the building or area until stopped by law enforcement, suicide or other intervention. 

  • Situations not necessarily contained to specific locations.


Active Shooter

I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing. I was born with the evil one standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me ever since.

H.H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers, confessed to 27 murders and was hung in 1896

No profile exists for an active shooter; however, federal research indicates there may be early signs.


By recognizing and reporting these signs from an individual who may turn thoughts or actions into potentially volatile active shooter situation, can proactively prevent an incident.


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