WKU Prepares For Active Shooting Scenario

By Jake Boswell | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It may be tough to think about., but a school shooting could happen at any school, any time. If a shooter is at large, law enforcement response and training could mean the difference between life and death.

It's a situation that is striking across the country. An active shooter in the halls of a school your student could attend.

WKU Campus Police are taking every opportunity they can to prepare for a shooting scenario that can't be predicted.

"We're using straight patrol officers. This would be a scenario where we didn't have time to call out some type of advanced tactical unit. These are street officers who are going to get the call initially and have to go into the building," said WKU Police Captain, Dominic Ossello.

Those officers prepare outside of the Thompson North building while actors take their places, a smoke machine, and a fire alarm are set off.

Once the stage is set, an active shooting scenario look very real, partly because simulated ammunition is a part of Monday's training.

"It shoots a paintball like projectile. That way the officers have some recoil on their weapons and they also know if they're hitting what they're aiming at. In a simulation like this where you're trying to run through, it's really important that you be able to see your hits or be able to know if you get hit," added Captain Ossello.

It wasn't just police in action. The Medical Center EMS tactical team was right in the thick of things, just like they would be if a shooting happened.

"Law enforcement, when they're going in, they're job is to stop the threat so more people don't become injured. They don't have the time to stop and take care of every single patient," commented Field Operations Manager, Jim Williams.

Once the shooter is subdued, the training may end, but the threat stays very real. Emergency crews are in Bowling Green are one step closer to saving lives.

Different scenarios were played out multiple times throughout the morning. Campus police said they're planning more training for the coming weeks.

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