How to respond to an active shooter

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After hearing 20 people were killed in El Paso, Texas Saturday. Active shooter response instructor Marko Galbreath is still in shock.

“Texas, I was just devastated they’re occurring way too often now too frequent.”

Then nine people were killed in another mass shooting. This time in Dayton, Ohio.

“I woke up this morning and turned on the news and I’m hearing Dayton 9 or 10 more and it’s horrible, it’s tragic, and it hits your heart.”

With two mass shootings back-to-back and 29 people killed and a dozen more injured in the past 24 hours. Marko Galbreath of T4Tactics in Lynchburg, Virginia shares his tips on how to survive an active shooter situation.

“When you go into store or go into a Walmart I’m looking around at my exits I’m watching people. It’s not paranoia it’s not living in fear. It’s just simply these are the times we live in unfortunately,” states Galbreath.

According to Galbreath, having a plan in place, practicing, and responding to said plan is a great way to keep yourself out of harms way. He also urges people to be aware of their surroundings, look for an exit, and to not ignore the sound of gunfire.

“We have to be prepared but you have to move fast. You can’t stop and hesitate and say was it gunfire no it wasn’t it was a door slamming or a filing cabinet we hear that all the time,” says Galbreath.

But the question of why these shootings continue to happen still lingers.

“A lot of these are kicked off by you know what that guy did it. I can do it better or I have the courage to do it because he or she did it so a lot of them follow that.”

For Galbreath, it takes training and a collective effort from each other to put an end to these situations.

“The only way we’re going to win against these attacks is if the shooters start realizing I can’t get in that building in the first place and if I do people are so trained they’re going to attack me they’re going to fight back or flee,” explains Galbreath.

Galbreath encourages people to get trained on different active shooter situations. With these shootings becoming more prevalent through out the country.

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