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From Columbine to the Aurora shootings, law enforcement make a point to teach the public to protect themselves in these situations.
Saturday the Topeka Police Department hosted an Active Shooter Seminar.
Officers talked about past incidents our country has seen.
The goal was to educate people and teach them to defend themselves or others if history were to repeat itself.
Police say there are three steps people can take in these situations. Run, hide and fight.
Topeka Police Officer, Josh Klamm says it could happen anywhere to anyone at anytime.
“Can they run, can they get out of the area, what is an affective hiding spot, maybe they hide so the shooter can’t get to them,” says Klamm. “Maybe they barricade the doors things like that and then the last thing we’re teaching is fight, worst case scenario, the shooter does find you, fight you might have to fight to save your own life.
Klamm says the reason more people weren’t killed in some of these mass shootings was because the shooters would stop. They would either run out of ammo, get intercepted by law enforcement or more disturbing, get bored of the killed.