Texas A&M Practices Active Shooter Simulation For Emergency Preparedness

COLLEGE STATION - All is quiet Wednesday night on the Texas A&M campus.

But if you were around the university in the morning, you might have seen a flurry of police activity.

Local first responders teamed up to train for a scenario they hope never happens.

More than 100 first responders, students and Texas A&M employees played a part in an active shooter simulation at the College of Veterinary Medicine where a gunman opened fire.

"As the scenario played out the actual suspect was wounded. We don't know if that was self-inflicted and then we had another one of the victims that was wounded with gunshot wounds," said Texas A&M University Police Chief Mike Ragan.

Ragan says this training is vital in the wake of incidents like the Virginia Tech massacre.

"The first responders in this area work very well together but you need to be put into a situation of a stressful unique situation for us. It is very important for us," he said.

This exercise is designed to be as real-life as possible. The police use their real guns and the responders have all their normal equipment and they know something is going to happen but they don't know exactly what it will be until the first call goes out.

Daniel Reyes, a business student who works at the vet school, agreed to take part in the simulation. He was initially thought to be the shooter by mistake.

"It really makes me think about the possibility of this happening and how fast how we need to be prepared for these emergencies," Reyes said.

James Smith, a Custodial Manager at the Vet School, also volunteered.

"I heard shooting out in the hallway so I just had to hide in a room until I was found by the police and escorted out of the building," Smith said.

Over the next couple of days, first responders will take a look at the results of the drill to see what they can do to improve.

Texas A&M University Police train throughout the year for emergencies while large scale scenarios like this one happen about every two years.


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