Local pastor, military members & veterans host ‘active shooter training’ seminar

Pictured above is a 'mock' shooting situation during the active shooter training seminar at the Muse Arts Warehouse on Saturday, July 2nd.

SAVANNAH, Ga.

Many of you will be around large crowds while you celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend.

Following yet another  deadly terror attack in Bangladesh, a local pastor and group of military veterans held an ‘Active Shooter’ training on Saturday to teach the community how to make it out of an active shooter situation, safely.

News 3’s Courtney Cole went to the seminar to give us a look at what they learned.

“He has a gun!”

If you were inside of a fairly crowded area, i.e. a restaurant, bar, or club, and a gunman approached and immediately started shooting—would you know what to do?

Naturally, many didn’t know how to respond during the deadly Orlando Nightclub shooting in June. Some say they were frozen with fear, others couldn’t believe it was happening at all.

But Candace Hardnett believes with training, the outcome could have been different.
That’s why she teamed up with local military members and veterans to host an Active Shooter Training at the Muse Arts Warehouse.

“We came up with the idea, because seeing some of the news outlets that came out right after Orlando, it was really discouraging to see that some people just didn’t know what to do in the case of an active shooter or any emergency situation for that matter,” Hardnett told News 3.

Pastor of Agape Empowerment Ministries in Savannah–and a former sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corp, she believes it’s important to help members of the community learn to “re-train” their brains for survival.

“It’s just not taught. We’re not taught to survive in an emergency situation. And rightfully so, we live in America and America is a very safe country for the most part when you compare it to other countries. The necessity was never there, but we’re finding well that’s changing,” Hardnett said.

People learned a lot about how to be aware of their surroundings to increase their chances of getting out of an active shooter situation. But there are three main things she wants you to remember.

“Running, if possible is your first option…running. Hiding is your second and then the last one, if your life is in danger, imminent danger, then the last one is fight. And if you have no other choice but to fight, you’re that close to the assailant, than absolutely,” said Hardnett.

And if you weren’t apart of this session, Hardnett says she plans to host more in the future, because she believes preparation is imperative.

In addition to being aware of your surroundings when you’re out and about, Hardnett says it’s also important to always know your weapons of opportunity.

And it’s not necessarily always a gun or a knife! Actually, any and everything can become a weapon for your protection: such as your car key or even a pen!

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