Gunman in the Office: How to Survive


by Jennifer Tomazic

MILWAUKEE -- Just a few days before the Sikh Temple shooting, a video came out about what to do if you're in a mass shooting.

The City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security put it together to start, what some may say, is a touchy conversation.

The video is called Run, Hide, Fight-which are the three things it recommends doing if you find yourself in the midst of a mass shooter.

"I think it's very well done," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. I think it's very direct and to the point. Some of these videos are a little touchy feely and they don't get to really what needs to be said. I think this video does get to the point."

Chief Edwards department is still dealing with the pain from the shooting on August 5 at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, but he says he thinks the congregation did all three things the video instructs.

"Not everyone can commit to all of them. If you can't fight, run and hide. Do what you've got to do. I think they (the congregation) did a lot of those things, which saved lives," said Chief Edwards.

But still, six people died that day, and he says the police responded to the scene within three minutes of the first 911 call.

"Things are getting more violent and we have to prepare for it. It's just the way it is," said Chief Edwards.

It's something the City of Houston Mayor's Office realized as well, so they got a federal grant to produce the Run, Hide, Fight video. It was released in early August, just a few days before the Sikh Temple shooting. It was set to be released later but they moved up the release date after the Colorado Theater shooting.

"Watching the video makes me sick to my stomach, that those situations could happen. But at the same time its part of what we, as citizens, need to do to protect ourselves," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

During a crowded lunch break, CBS 58 surveyed people to see if they knew what to do if a gunman was in their office. Not many people we found had a plan.

After watching the video, many said they would go back to the office with a different perspective.

"I've never had any type of training like this but I think with this being so much more prevalent in our society I think it would be an awesome idea to educate people in the office," said Roxanne Roberts.

"If not formal training, at least discuss in the public eye so that people can be aware and think about it before something like that were actually to happen," said Garth Cramer.

That's why the City of West Allis requested a copy of the video from the City of Houston to show to it's employees.

"Some folks in the class have gone back and said 'Oh, I can get out that way. I know what to do here, I would hide here if I had to,'" said Linda Huske with the City of West Allis.

The City of Houston has gotten requests for copies from all over the U.S. You can watch it here:

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