Four options to help save your life in a mass shooting

By Cristina Rendon

Published 07/20 2012 10:42PM

Updated 07/21 2012 04:47PM

SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Dangerous situations don’t always have to end tragically.

ABC 4 News spoke with Randy Watt, a retired assistant police chief and a Colonel with the Utah Army National Guard.

Watt has extensive combat training overseas sand says four options can help save your life if you’re caught in a building during a mass shooting.

1. Get out – Look for a window or door; do anything to remove yourself from the situation.

2. Barricade – If you can’t get out, using big items to block doors will buy yourself time until authorities arrive.

3. Hide – Try to look for a desk or shield yourself underneath a seat.

4. Attack – If all else fails, throw things at the gunman or try to take him/her down. Anything you do can alter the shooter’s state of mind.

Watt says the Aurora, Colorado shooting is a reminder to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

“Go with the odds that make it less like for you to be victimized,” Watt added.

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