Handling active shooter situations

by Gabriel Islas

Sheriff car at the Technology building photo by Gabriel Islas
Sheriff car at the Technology building
photo by Gabriel Islas

On May 17, Officer Nick Guskos held an open conference at the LAHC Technological building for students and faculty staff regarding safety procedures in case of a shooting on campus.

According to officer Guskos, Team leader of the Sheriff’s Department, sometimes the shooter has a target identified before taking action.

“They may walk into a classroom trying not to get as much attention as possible, then they may go to the bathroom and load the gun, and then they go back to the classroom and start shooting to as many people as they can,” he said.

Some of the safety procedures that officer Guskos shared with the audience were to block doors with many things as possible; including chairs, tables and/or book shelves if available.

Guskos also addressed the possible scenario in which the shooter actually gets access inside the classroom.

“If hypothetically, the shooter gets access into the classroom, the smartest thing to do is to try to stop him. If there are 30 students in the classroom, you guys have an advantage against one. Realistically, someone is likely to be wounded or possibly die attempting to stop him, but what are we trying to do is to save more lives,” Guskos said.

According to Guskos, depending on the situation or where exactly the shooting is taking place, there are several ways to respond and be safe.

“If the shooting is happening around the library, your best bet is to go to the second floor and find a safe place away from windows. The other scenario is at the football field; in that case, your best bet is to run down Figueroa St. and either call for help if you can, or find a safe place to hide.” He said.

The last thing that officer Guskos addressed was the Nixel System, in which students, teachers and rest of faculty staff receive instant text messages or e-mails in case anything is affecting the safety of people

In case of an emergency, call to LAHC sheriff’s Station at (310) 233-4600 or use any campus phone and dial 311.

 

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