Triangle universities prepare for the worst with active shooter drills

Two Triangle universities held police training for active shooter scenarios on campus Thursday.

The focus of the drill at North Carolina Central University was getting mock victims emergency medical attention quickly, according to emergency management coordinator Robert McLaughlin.

North Carolina State University focused on locating the active shooter and securing the situation as quickly as possible, according Major David Kelly, head of support service for police.

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McLaughlin said once fire officials and EMS entered the building, they were able to evacuate a mock-critically injured patient in seven minutes.

Kelly said officers at NCSU worked through multiple scenarios. In some scenarios, the officers were made aware of the mock shooter's location. In others, officials had to search for the mock suspect.

Kelly said not knowing where the "shooter" is helps response teams to decide on a plan of action quickly.

"So, do we start locking down the remainder of campus," Kelly asked. "Do we do searches of other facilities?"

The drills on both campuses come after gunmen attacked movie-goers in Louisiana and Tennessee this summer, and as college campuses across the country prepare for the start of school this fall.

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