As many as 15 to 20 people have been killed and as many as 50 may be injured after shootings at a bar and a bowling alley in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday night.
Police named Robert Card, a person of interest in connection with the shootings. Hundreds of officers are searching for the 40-year-old suspect after he unleashed a barrage of bullets inside a restaurant and a bowling alley around 7 p.m. ET in Lewiston, the state’s second-largest city around 36 miles north of Portland.
Officials have urged residents of Lewiston and nearby Auburn to shelter in place. The shooter has been described as a certified firearms instructor and a member of the US Army Reserves.
Fox News host Sean Hannity was conducting a live broadcast about the Maine mass shooting when he revealed his self-defense plan to help avoid becoming a victim.
“And then I always ask the question, when something like this happens, what is your plan?” Hannity asked. “What do you do? I have a personal security plan. I train in mixed martial arts. I’ve been a big believer in the Second Amendment for a long time, with the prayer that I would never have to use it.”
Unfortunately, often times, mixed martial arts training is not enough. Do not ever put yourself or others in danger by trying to be a hero unless you absolutely must fight.
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an
active shooter situation.
If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:
• Have an escape route and plan in mind
• Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow
• Leave your belongings behind
• Help others escape, if possible
• Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be
• Keep your hands visible
• Follow the instructions of any police officers
• Do not attempt to move wounded people
• Call 911 when you are safe
2. Hide out
If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
Your hiding place should:
• Be out of the active shooter’s view
• Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed
and locked door)
• Not trap you or restrict your options for movement
To prevent an active shooter from entering your hiding place:
• Lock the door
• Blockade the door with heavy furniture
• HOW TO RESPOND WHEN A N ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY
If the active shooter is nearby:
• Lock the door
• Silence your cell phone and/or pager
• Turn off any source of noise (i.e., radios, televisions)
• Hide behind large items (i.e., cabinets, desks)
• Remain quiet
If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:
• Remain calm
• Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location
• If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen
3. Take action against the active shooter
As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
• Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
• Throwing items and improvising weapons
• Committing to your action