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Dec 3, 2015 7:50 PM

3 steps that could save your life in an active shooter situation

CONCORD - It’s estimated that there are currently more guns than people in the country. In 1996, the number of civilian firearms was 242 million, and in 2009 it was approximately 310 million.

The Washington Post estimates there were 367 million firearms in the U.S. in 2013, leaving a clear increase of citizen weapons.

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An FBI report shows the most active shooter incidents happen in areas involving businesses and commerce, including shopping malls.

The second largest place where shootings occur, according to the report, are schools, and 10% of shootings happen on government properties, including military sites.

If you find yourself in an active shooting scene, the safety experts have three important safety tips to protect yourself:
  • Run – if you hear shots, your first choice should be to run and get out through doors or windows.
  • Hide and form Blockade – find a spot that could be overlooked and block any entrances and lock doors. Use a belt or necktie to tie the door and make sure your cell phone is on silent and contact police.
  • Fight – If you know the shooter is coming close to you, use scissors or a heavy object and fight for your life.

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