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WakeMed police train for active shooters

Posted September 16, 2010

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— Police at WakeMed Hospital train for situations like the one that occurred at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Thursday, authorities said.

Paul Warren Pardus, 50, became distraught as he was being briefed on his mother’s condition by a surgeon at Johns Hopkins. Police said he pulled a gun and shot the doctor, then killed his mother and himself in her room at the world-famous medical center.

WakeMed Police Chief David Ng said there are emergency operation plans for situations involving an active shooter.

Ng heads the force of 80 officers protecting four medical facilities. They deal with distraught patients and families and people involved in crimes.

The emergency plan for an active shooter involves the building being put on lock-down, Ng said. Patient rooms are closed off while police search for the gunman.

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WakeMed buildings are under constant dispatch and patrol. There are metal detectors, secure areas and surveillance cameras.

But their best defense may be the most low-tech. Every employee, no matter their job, has been trained to react in an emergency. During an emergency, every employee works to make the building secure.

Ng said the shooting at Johns Hopkins is a reminder to everyone at the hospital how important their training is.

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  • xtremedragonz2000 Sep 17, 2010

    When seconds count, police are just minutes away! But at least they're police that train once or twice a year.... lawl

    just remember that the next time that you need to call the cops and actually we train every month if not more

  • noreplytome2 Sep 17, 2010

    When seconds count, police are just minutes away! But at least they're police that train once or twice a year.... lawl

  • The Deadhead Sep 17, 2010

    Every office and business should prepare for an active shooter. Get a concealed handgun permit. If it's against company policy, get a pepper blaster and fill your desk drawer with hammers, scissors, and screwdrivers. I have 2 bricks on my office floor to bust out the window to escape if I have to barricade myself in the office.