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Active shooter training at Eastside Middle School in Mt. Washington

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(NOTE: Above image is part of the simulation.) (NOTE: Above image is part of the simulation.)
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(NOTE: Above image is part of the simulation.) (NOTE: Above image is part of the simulation.)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police enter a local middle school with guns drawn, but it's all part of active shooter training at Eastside Middle School in Mt. Washington.

"Go, go, go. Pow! pow! pow!"  It looked and sounded as real as it gets.

"Shots fired, shots fired, one down -- everybody put your hands on your face!?"  Those were some of the sounds from inside Eastside Middle School on Tuesday morning.

"We are conducting a large scale active shooter scenario," says Det. Jeff Schank, with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

"Oh my God...oh my God," says one of the actors.

Det Schank says, "With everything going on today, and around us, we are doing it as a large scale training measure."

"We got one down, I want everybody on that wall over there, move, move," says an officer.

"This looks bad but this is not nearly as bad as it would be in the real case, so we want to make it as realistic as possible," says Det. Schank.

Police entered the school during a simulation of gunmen on the loose, and dozens either dead or injured.  "Help," comes a cry from another student actor.

"We try to give 'em you know as much chaos as we can," says Chief Deputy John Cottrell, with The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

The cries for help are disturbing and hard to ignore, but it's an important part of active trainer shooting.

Chief Deputy Cottrell explains, "You have to keep driving towards that threat because the longer you wait the more people that are dying."

Once the threat is eliminated, the focus changes.  "Then they have the secondary, they have to deal with the students who have already been shot and wounded and they have to start moving students from one location to another," says Det Schank.

"Guys, I am going to put you outside this door and I am going to leave you but ems and fire will hook up with you, okay," says a sheriff's deputy, as he escorts two of the injured to the door.

Not everything went smoothly, and no one really expected it to.  Chief Deputy Cottrell says, "This is where I want them to make mistakes at."

"It is purely a preventative measure so we can see where our shortfalls are and to see what we need to train on additionally," says Det. Schank.

After that training, all of the agencies involved will meet to talk about what they did right and wrong, and will probably perform another simulation in the near future.

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