Providence police conducted an active shooter drill in the capitol city Thursday/ The simulation is part of routine training, but it comes after one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. history.
A little less than three weeks ago a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. A horrific scenario to be sure, but one law enforcement must to be ready to confront.
That’s why Providence police demonstrated tactics for subduing a gunman, during an all-too vivid drill at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
An eerie silence fell over the ballroom in the moments before the drill began. Suddenly, shots rang in the distance. A masked shooter walked into a makeshift office space, shooting at actors serving as receptionists and other employees. Some actors ran, some investigated, others hid.
A fellow police officer narrated the action, as police subdued the shooter and examined the scene.
“The medics are trying to figure out who are the people who need immediate care,” the officer said.
Chief of police Hugh Clements says these demonstrations are sadly necessary for a city like Providence, which host a variety of large gatherings.
“We have events in the city with 75,000 people plus, which we’ve seen in the last month, with Gay Pride, the parade, Water Fire,” said Clements “We can’t do enough of these trainings.”
For civilians faced with an active shooter, the U-S Department of Homeland Security recommends trying to evacuate, hiding, or taking action to stop the shooter, as a last resort.