Lynchburg church hosts active shooter training in light of Vegas
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET)--- Weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas many are still afraid of what is to come.
Saturday, Tree of Life ministries hosted an active shooter training to help put people at ease and give them tips on how to be somewhat prepared if it were to happen to them.
"Obviously the news has been horrific with a lot of the murders and killings with the Las Vegas incident and it brought to mind that we're not totally protected anywhere we go," said Kenneth Agee, one of the people who attended.
"I always think about it. I especially think about it when I'm at church," said Harold Nash who sat in the audience on Saturday. "We always say , 'Well we haven't seen it in Lynchburg' but it can happen anywhere."
Marko Galbreath with T4Tactics taught the class. Galbreath is a former police sergeant and says the knowledge he teaches now is what he collected first hand, talking to investigators and survivors of previous mass shootings.
"It's just happening so often now, we've got to get some people trained," said Galbreath. He added that there's some situations where you can't do much but you should always try to be prepared if you can.
"People don't think about it. We deny that's our defense. Humans have a denial defense that it's not going to happen to me. You have to think about it. We're in condition yellow. You absolutely have to think about it," Galbreath added.
"We live in such a stressful time, you see a lot more of this now. I think behooves us to know what we can do if we get caught in a situation like that," said Agee.
One of Galbreath's main tips included always being aware of your surroundings. He said to survey the people around you and know where all the exits are at all times. He also reccommends reporting anything that looks out of the ordinary to you. Another thing he said is that if chaos breaks out, remember to breathe. When people are in high pressure situations with lots of adrenaline rushing, it becomes difficult to think causing many to freeze up and Galbreath says that is the worst thing you can do.
"Through situational awareness and going on our instincts, if we understand the developmental stages of the active shooter than we can say 'You know what? that guy needs to be looked in to' and hopefully we can stop it before it even happens," said Galbreath.
Many said after leaving the session that they now know they have a lot more to learn.