Investigators have yet to explain what they believe motivated a young man to fire indiscriminately at innocent people in two Greenville parking lots last month. Yet the incident showed the community that the carnage could have been horrific were it not for the swift and professional response of local law enforcement, which successfully immobilized the gunman.
Expect that memory to be fresh today when East Carolina University conducts a live-shooter exercise on campus to test the rapid response capacity of the school’s police force. Though officers cannot be entirely prepared for such a nightmare unfolding, either at East Carolina or elsewhere in the community, training events like this help to hone skills that can save lives, as was demonstrated last month.
Managing occasional violent incidents was a concern of every campus administration before the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech made emergency preparedness a top priority. On a blustery April morning, a senior English major turned the idyllic campus in southwest Virginia into his personal horror show, shooting 49 students and instructors, killing 32 of them.
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