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Safety Tips in the Wake of the Shootings Near Texas A&M

Safety Tips in the Wake of the Shootings Near Texas A&M

AUGUST 14, 2012

As CNN reported, a shootout occurred yesterday around noon just a few blocks away from Texas A&M University, leaving three people dead and four others injured. Texas A&M used their Code Maroon alert system to send an emergency notification message to the campus advising everyone to stay away from the area because of the reported gunfire. Thomas Caffall, a 35-year-old man from Bryan, Texas, reportedly shot a local constable, Brian Bachmann, who was serving an eviction notice to him. Other officers responded to the scene and found the constable on the front lawn, and after about 30 minutes of gunfire the suspect was incapacitated and later died from gunshot wounds. The third person killed has been identified as a civilian bystander, as more details are being released. Two officers and two other innocent bystanders were also injured in the shootout.

If you are caught in an active shooter situation like the one described, heed emergency notifications and stay away from the hostile area.  If you can’t avoid the area, you should respond in one of the following three ways:

  • Run – If you can escape, do not hesitate run. When you feel you’re safe, call 911 for assistance.
  • Hide – If you can’t escape, find a safe hiding place and remain there until the authorities respond.
  • Fight – If you’re trapped and can’t run or hide, band together with others, pick up anything that could be used as a weapon (chair, bottle, fire extinguisher)  and when the shooter approaches, fight! Fight for your life with total commitment.

 

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