Berekely County residents learn what do in active shooter situation

Berekely County residents learn what do in active shooter situation

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The Berkley County Sheriff's Office is offering a series of active shooter training seminars.

The seminar is to help get people prepared, and not because of recent events.

"We here in the south prepare for hurricanes and I think we've gotten pretty good at that so this is just another level of preparedness we need to have in place," Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said.

Deputy Mike Cochran said if an active shooter enters your workplace, there are three things you can do.

"You either run and escape if possible, hide if escape isn't' possible and only fight back as a last resort."

For one Goose Creek resident, she said she came to learn what to do because you never know what could happen.

"Things are just getting worse and worse every day we hear more things happening and like I said even taking our family to a movie anymore is just a risk," Lesa Kennedy said.

If you have a conceal and carry weapon on you during an active shooter situation, you are supposed to be sure officials know you won't cause any harm.

"If you're engaged in a situation and you see law enforcement show up you to have show them your hands, put your hands up where they can see them because if you're misidentified as a threat the officer is only going to respond to the threat," Cochran said.

The Department of Homeland Security's website also has information on what you can do if an active shooter event happens in your vicinity.

Have an escape route in mind

Leave belongings behind

Evacuate regardless if others disagree to follow

Help others escape

Prevent others from entering active shooting area
Keep hands visible
Call 911 when safe


Hide in area out of shooters view

Lock door or block entry to your hiding place

Silence your phone and remain quiet


Fight as a last resort and only when in danger
Act with as much physical aggression as you can

Throw items at shooter

There will be three additional training seminars in the coming weeks and all are invited to attend, all you need to bring is yourself.

Additional Location and Dates:
Aug. 30 at Berkeley High School from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Sept.16 at Stratford High School from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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