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Local businesses receive active shooter training

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 19:16:05-05

With an increase in active shooter situations across the country, some local small businesses are taking precautions and preparing for the worst.  

A training session was held Wednesday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Multi-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capability.  

A tragic event several years ago helped encourage one business owner to attend the training.  

15 years ago, a man walked into the Alberston's near Sahara and Valley View, and shot and killed one employee, then himself.  

The property manager of that shopping center, Carol Ong, with MDL Group, says the event is something that will stick with her for a very long time.  "It was clearly devastating for the employees at that grocery store," says Ong.  

That's why Ong attended the active shooter training, saying she wished her employees had that training several years ago.  

The training comes just over a month after a man walked into a San Bernardino company party, and killed 14 people.  

"It can happen anywhere and any time," says Officer Bert Hughes with LVMPD.

"We've seen it across the country and across the world." 

Law enforcement and the city teamed up for Wednesday's active shooter training for small businesses, in case something like San Bernardino were to ever happen in Las Vegas.  

They coached businesses on three tactics--run, hide, and fight.  

They said if you're going to run or evacuate, use an escape path that is already in place.  

If an option is to hide, then find a secure location where you won't be trapped, and turn off cell phone and lights.

As a last resort, you can fight back by using improvised weapons.