During Active Shooter Events, What To Do Before Help Arrives

What do you do if you're at a school or at the mall, and confronted by an active shooter? 

More than 80 people came to Proctors Theater in Schenectady Monday night to hear a presentation from police officers who say three minutes is the average response time in such a situation. 

And until first responders get there, it'll be your responsibility to know what to do. 

Police advise to avoid, deny, defend, avoid the shooter and run away, deny him by hiding somewhere with the lights off, or, as a last resort, defend, and do it aggressively if they have to.

The session was held by Schenectady police. 

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