Local law enforcement share tips for active shooter situations

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Local law enforcement authorities who are trained in active shooter preparedness have a few tips for us in the event we are caught in the cross fire of an active shooter situation.

Deputy Chief Michael Schultz with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says we should run to get to safety or barricade ourselves into a room. Deputy Chief Schultz says if this is not an option we should hide behind a bullet proof type object. For example, behind the engine block of a car.

"Columbine was in the middle of nowhere Colorado. It could happen at any location anywhere in the world. It happened at NIU which is only 30 minutes from here. So, of course it can absolutely happen anywhere whether it’s the east coast, west coast, small town, big town," says Deputy Chief Michael Schultz with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputy Chief Schultz reminds us to be vigilant and be aware of our surroundings. Schultz says if we see things that are out of place notify authorities.