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.