Local bars get active shooter training in wake of Orlando shooting

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Following the nightclub massacre in Orlando last week, local bars in Indianapolis spent Thursday evening getting trained on how to survive an active shooter scenario.

Managers and operators from several bars on Mass Avenue that cater to the LGBT community attended the free seminar hosted by Indianapolis Metro Police. During the presentation, instructors gave information on how to survive an active shooter. They also explained the importance of building an active shooter plan and practicing it regularly.

“We just wanted to make sure we were doing what we needed to do and get suggestions from the police department about ways to make our employees safer,” said Ruth Hawkins, who manages the bar at Metro, one of Indianapolis’s largest gay clubs.

Authorities admit discussing how to deal with an active shooter is not a topic many people are comfortable with. However, they say addressing the potential for such a scenario early could save lives in the long run.

“One of the things he was talking about that I really appreciated is nobody likes to think about this stuff, nobody wants to think about ‘What would I do if someone came into my business with a gun?’ but if you don’t think about it in advance, how do you know what a good response is in the moment,” said Hawkins.

If you would like more information on getting active shooting survival training for your business, IMPD says you can start by calling your IMPD district commander.