Unfortunately there are hundreds of examples of these type of attacks across the globe, while some of the attacks are inspired by political violence, many of the incidents can only be termed civilians on civilians, and they accrue randomly almost anywhere in urban environments, streets, cinemas, concert halls shopping centres and offices they also generally fall outside of preventable or detectable norms.
Everyone must learn a simple set of rules to increase their safety and chance of survival.
Run, Hide, Fight
- Have an escape route and plan in mind (take note of exits when entering a public space)
- Distance, put as much distance between the shooter and yourself .perpetuates are mostly shooting on the move and don’t have regular training distance equals safety
- Angle, run at angle this means the shooter has to sweep his weapon to adjust this makes it less likely for him to be accurate.
- Do not stop to move the injured, it draws attention to you both. Additionally you will present a larger slower moving target.
- If you are wounded and unable to move stay silent and do not move (play dead) this has saved countless wounded.
- Leave your belongings behind (hesitations cost lives)
- Do not run directly at armed police show your hands preferably above your head, shooters are most likely to be dressed in casual everyday cloth just like you, so identify yourself to police if you come into contact.
Cover and Concealment
- Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view.
Cover should provide you with additional protection e.g. solid objects, solid walls
Concealment hides you but will not necessarily offer protection e.g. advertising boards and kiosks
Find a combination of both
- Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
Nowhere to run or hide
- Last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
- Attempt to incapacitate the assailant.
- Act with physical and mental aggression