NORTH TEXAS -- If 2015 has taught us anything, it’s that mass shootings can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere in the U.S.
"We have a pattern now of, of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world," President Obama recently said following the deadly shootings in San Bernardino.
Think about this: the website shootingtracker.com reports there have been 353 mass shootings this year alone --three-hundred fifty-three.
A grim statistic, considering that number is greater than the actual number of days we’ve had this year, which, by the way, is 337.
A mass shooting is defined as an incident where four or more people are shot. Unfortunately, it seems terrible tragedies like the scene that unfolded Wednesday in San Bernardino, are playing out more frequently within our communities.
In Fort Worth, reality is now dictating response. Officers are honing their tactical skills, training inside a specialized building, for real-life active shooter scenarios.
“It gives us the opportunity to practice, it gives us the opportunity to improve, as we continue to see different trends emerging, in these kinds of events," Ofc. Judd Miller with Fort Worth Police Department's Zero Tolerance Team 5 told NewsFix.
"We have to adapt our tactics to what we’re seeing; how the bad guys are acting, how they’re arming themselves.”
FWPD cops are working hard to protect you. But, if you had to, would you be able to protect yourself?
The FBI wants you to be prepared. The agency posted a video on its website to help you survive an active shooter situation.
The key to getting out alive? Run. Hide. Fight.
Run: "First and foremost, if you can get out – do. Always plan an escape and evacuate, even when others insist on staying.”
Hide: "Act quickly and quietly. Try to secure your hiding place the best you can, turn out lights and if possible, remember to lock doors.”
Fight: "As a last resort, whether you’re alone or in a group, fight -- stay committed to taking down the shooter.”
While we may never understand what motivates someone to unleash evil and hatred, we can do something to help secure our safety.