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First Responders Practice Taking Down Active School Shooter

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - First responders in Williamson County put their disaster plan to the test Tuesday. Federal and local agencies teamed up to take down an active shooter in Ravenwood High School as a simulation.

"Brentwood dispatch all units available. Reports of possible shooting at 1724 Wilson Pike," officers heard over their radios.

The scenario involved a father, whose child attends Ravenwood, who is going through a divorce. He was disgruntled and came to the school and started shooting.  

"Upstairs, northwest corner," an officer said over the radio. "We are in room 205. Suspect in the room."

"It's important that we train and be prepared and have plans in place to be able to respond to situations like this," Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said.

Federal and local agencies were also working with medical teams to make the scenario even more realistic. They even transported some to the hospital, where crews there could practice handling a mass casualty.

 "We were in the hallway and the shooter came in so he hit us," volunteer April Ruberto said.

More than 100 volunteers participated.

"I mean this was the real deal.," Ruberto added. "Especially when he was loading his gun and everything. It was exciting to be there and see what was happening. It felt real. It really did," volunteer Madison Braun said.

Volunteers served as victims and as parents who were demanding answers, all in an effort to keep law enforcement on their toes.

"If we make mistakes, which are going to happen, then we hope that we learn from those mistakes in a training environment instead of a real incident," Chief Hughes said.


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