Police: The odds of being involved in an active shooter incident extremely slim

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) Across the country and here at home, police are telling people to run, hide and fight.

Active shooter training is becoming routine in the United States.

Earlier this week, an Ohio State University student rammed his car into a group of people on campus before he started slashing people with a butcher knife.

An active training seminar was already scheduled Wednesday night on the University at Buffalo’s campus, but because of the OSU attack, more people took part.

“We don’t ever want to think that it could happen here, but it can,” said Frances Fisces, UB staffer.

Police surprised UB students and faculty when they explained during an active shooter situation, they can’t help the victims right away.

“We probably won’t stop to help people if they’re wounded because if we stop and help one person, three or four more people might be injured or killed in the meantime,” said Assistant Chief Chris Bartolomei, New York State University Police.

Professors told News 4, this type of training can prepare them to be in control of an out of control situation. Professor Wendy Quinton teaches in the largest classroom on UB’s campus.

“I’m sure it’s something students think about, it’s something they talk to me about, they wonder about this because this is the world we live in,” said Quinton.

“We don’t want them to be more fearful, they shouldn’t live in fear of this,” said Bartolomei.

The odds of being struck by lightning in a year is one is a million. Experts say, the odds of being involved in an active shooter event are even greater than that.

“It does seem to feel like it’s happening everyday and that it’s likely to happen to us, but the truth of the matter is, as an individual our odds of being involved in an active shooter incident are still extremely slim,” said Bartolomei.

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