Students and staff at Otterbein University learned how to react if they were ever caught in the middle of gunfire.
"The biggest mistake a lot of people make is thinking it will never happen to me," Otterbein Police Chief Larry Banaszak said.
Banaszak said the Otterbein Police Department started the training after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.
"Where we practice barricading doors, we practice developing a plan. Are windows available? If so how do you jump out a window?" Banaszak said.
Banaszak said the first step is to run away, which many movie-goers did in the Aurora, Colo. mass shooting.
However, if that is not an option, Banaszak said the next best thing is to hide or barricade yourselves.
"Only as a last resort, attack the shooter when you have no other options as opposed to letting the shooter execute you." Banaszak said.
Harry Trombitas, a former FBI agent and current consultant, said people should also be aware of warning signs before tragedy strikes.
"If it's a workplace violence, for example, clearly there are employees there that see little signs that this person is on a road to destruction," Trombitas said.
Otterbein police also teach students to physically take down a shooter, but stress that should only be used as a last resort.
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