An active shooter is an individual who is engaged in killing, or attempting to kill, people in a confined and populated area. Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. Amid the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident.
In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are by their very nature unpredictable and evolve quickly. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes - before law enforcement arrives on the scene - individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
CISA aims to enhance incident preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing a variety of no-cost products, tools, training, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders to help them prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.
CISA offers a comprehensive set of courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation, focusing on behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters, potential attack methods, how to develop emergency action plans, and the actions that may be taken during an incident.
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.
This course is not written for law enforcement officers, but for non-law enforcement employees. The material may provide law enforcement officers information on recommended actions for non-law enforcement employees to take should they be confronted with an active shooter situation.
Police released surveillance video late Monday night, hours after a former student who shot through the doors of a Christian elementary school in Nashville and killed three children and three adults. The shooter was fatally shot by police at The Covenant School in the city's Green Hills neighborhood, authorities said.
Police released approximately two minutes of edited video showing the shooter's car driving up to the school from multiple angles, including one in which children can be seen playing on swings in the background. Next an interior view shows glass doors to the school being shot out and the shooter ducking through one of the shattered doors.
Police identified the shooter as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old from Nashville, who officials said was armed with at least two assault weapons and a handgun. CBS News is attempting to confirm Hale's gender identity.
A friend of Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale told ABC News that she contacted local authorities on Monday morning after Hale messaged her online about \"planning to die today.\" But it was only minutes before the shooting started, and the authorities didn't come to speak to the friend until after the attack had taken place.
The shooter was identified as Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a Nashville resident, who identified as a transgender woman. Investigators were investigating a home connected to her. Nashville police Chief John Drake said Hale possibly prepared for the shooting, including having written a manifesto.
Police say the shooter entered the building through a side door and fired shots before moving to the second floor, where Hale was confronted by responding officers. They don't believe she was wearing any body armor, authorities said.
The Metro Nashville PD confirmed the shooter's death in a statement, adding that the school was already working on reunifying parents and children a safe distance away from the Burton Hills Blvd the school is on.
"An active shooter event has taken place at Covenant School, Covenant Presbyterian Church, on Burton Hills Dr. The shooter was engaged by MNPD and is dead. Student reunification with parents is at Woodmont Baptist Church, 2100 Woodmont Blvd.," the department wrote in a statement.
An active shooter may be a current or past employee. Tell your human resources department if you think an employee is showing possible violent behavior. Signs of violent behavior may include one or more of the following:
But the 911 calls were frightening. Schenectady officials said, in a message to parents, that such calls involved a person saying they were at a school and there is a shooter, while playing gunshot sounds in the background.
Some parents reacted to the news of active shooter lockdowns by rushing to their children's schools, to the point that Rensselaer City School District officials sent a message to parents urging them not to come pick up their children early in response to the hoax.
The Associated Press reported a spate of threats and false reports of shooters have been pouring in to schools and colleges across the country for months, raising concerns among law enforcement and elected leaders.
The State Police is aware of swatting incidents that have occurred across the state, in which a caller states that there is an active shooter in a school. All of the reports are unfounded. We are working alongside our federal & local partners to investigate the threats. pic.twitter.com/cr4lPfGAFD
Schools in Pennsylvania and Utah were the latest targeted by so-called swatting on Wednesday. One day earlier, nearly 30 Massachusetts schools received fake threats. The Wednesday calls were described by law enforcement as computer-generated calls that made claims about active shooters, but it was all a hoax. Utah law enforcement said they traced the calls in their state to one IP address, located outside the country. It is not clear whether that IP address was also used for calls in New York.
Three young students and three staff members at a small, private school in Nashville were killed in a mass shooting Monday morning. Police say the 28-year-old shooter, a woman who identifies as transgender, is also dead.
Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department responded to a shots fired call at 10:13 a.m. at The Covenant School. Police said the shooter, a former student at the school, made entry by shooting through a side door and was later shot and killed by police by 10:27 a.m. Monday. Those police officers, MNPD confirms, are Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo.
The shooter is identified as Audrey Hale, she reportedly opened fire with an assault rifle, an 9mm rifle and a handgun, Metro Police said. Police initially described the shooter as a female in her teens.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) is also sending agents to the scene. The agency stated on Twitter \"Special Agents from the Nashville Field Office are responding to assist the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department with an active shooter incident that has occurred at the Covenant School.\"