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MOCK SHOOTING underway at Chanute college campus

 

Updated on 1/7/2014 at 7:20PM CST: A major crisis situation was demonstrated Tuesday by emergency responders in Southeast Kansas.

The intense training exercise was held at Neosho County Community College, with both students and faculty participating.

Bryce Carlson is a student at the college, his role was to call 911 and report the shooting. He says the mock shooting exercise seemed all too real. 

"When the shooter came through with the mock gun it kind of set the tone," said Carlson. 

Mock emergency situations have been held at the college previously, but never a active shooter scenario. 

"It's a nightmare scenario absolutely! It's something statically has a low probability of happing but it still could happen," said college President Brian Inbody. 

More than 50 first responders were at the scene, a medical helicopter was used, and a command post was set up outside the building. 

First responders say time is the most important factor, followed closely by communication between working agencies. 

"Obviously if a situation happens you have to be able to respond based upon the circumstances you have at that time, but at least you have the training to fall back on if we ever have to deal with it," said Director of Public Safety Sam Budreau.  

The training session lasted two hours. Footage from cameras at the college will be collected and used for future training purposes. 

 

 

 

 

 

"This is only an Exercise.  This is not a real event." reads the news release from the City of Chanute.

Residents driving by the Neosho Community College since 10 a.m. have seen a lot of activity but city officials say the event underway today is only a test.

Emergency crews are responding as if a shooter was on the NCC campus and several people had been wounded, including at least one officer. EMS "tended" to the wounded.

Today's activity is not only an exercise for emergency crews, it is also provides real time practice for the city in getting information out to area media. Shortly after receiving the first alert at 10:44 a.m., KOAM's Rudy Harper was sent to cover the exercise.

At 10:47 a.m., the City of Chanute provided more information:  a command center had been set up and an air evacuation was underway.  They city also provided more details on the initial "incident":  "A shooter fired multiple shots at NCC and explosions also occurred. At this time, only one shooter is apparent."

At 11:07 a.m., the city released it's first unconfirmed casualty report - 6 dead and 9 others injured, with emergency responders still canvassing the campus.

An update at 11:23 a.m. reported that multiple suspicious packages had been found and a bomb disposal united had been contacted to respond.  Another fatality was reported.

Again, this is only an exercise.

KOAM's Rudy Harper will have more on the exercise later today.

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