Mock Shooting At Southern Kentucky Campus

Police and college officials wanted to create a very realistic experience. There was real looking blood and actual bullet casings found throughout the classroom building.

The people who took part say it was very scary.

Sharee St. Louis Smith didn't realize how frightening a mock shooting could be.

“And she was firing off rounds and plotting to bring police down so she could take them out,” said Smith of hearing what the “shooter” was saying when she entered the college campus office.

Smith was one of the "victims" in the mock exercise of a shooting at the Laurel campus of Somerset Community College in London.

Police responded in numbers. Many had gas masks and guns drawn.

The scenario was two female students who were bent on taking out other students and cops, but responding officers didn't know exactly what they were in for.

They were armed with simulated ammunition pellets and Smith was even “shot” in the leg.

“And then when police came in, they fired at me because they thought I was part of the shooters,” said Smith.

In this day and time, college officials say they want to be ready for anything.

“We think the drill may save a life at some point. We want to be prepared,” said Somerset Community College spokesperson David Cazalet.

Both police and college officials are going through a debriefing and they are expected to repeat the drill at other college campuses throughout Kentucky.

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  • by karl Location: louisville on Sep 17, 2010 at 02:24 AM
    WTF??? why would you not tell people its a drill.Thats great way for people to really get shot look what happened in i think GA. several years ago when that deputy sheriff shot two army rangers all because of a "training drill" that nobody bothered to inform him
  • by Jim Location: London on Jul 10, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    I offer thanks and appreciation to the college officials at the Laurel Campus for conducting such an important training event that was designed to help prepare people for emergency situations and to help students and staff to be able to survive such an event should it ever happen in our community. THANKS!
  • by Parent Location: KY on Jul 10, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    John, stating ha ha is not funny. This is a very scary and real problem in the US today, and not a subject to made fun of. Campus shootings are happening Everywhere, and it could happen here too. I think it is good that the campus officials and Emergency First Responders/Police Officers are working together WITH our students to make sure that everyone is safe should this ever happen. Kids need to know it is scary, but also deadly. They need to know what "may" happen in a situation like this, so they may be better prepared to survive it. Unfortunately, too many students have lost their lives already around the country due to no one thought it necessary to be prepared for such a tragedy.
  • by John Location: Somerset on Jul 9, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    Watch the video. haha
  • by Alice Location: London on Jul 9, 2008 at 03:19 PM
    Hi, The scenario was in London, not Somerset. Thanks!


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