CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department trained 100 Charlotte bars and nightclubs for surviving and active shooter.
Officers told FOX 46 Charlotte it’s the first program of its kind. The Crime Prevention Unit had this program in place for churches, but after the Orlando shooting, they added nightclubs to the list.
CMPD released a study that says 46 percent of active shootings happen at businesses involving work-place violence.
In an active shooter situation, police warn not to hide or play dead. Police said you should run, attack the shooter, and take fast action.
“We don’t want to say it could never happen in Charlotte, because as soon as we say that, and we are not prepared, that’s when it’s going to happen,” Lt. Christian Wagner said.
Unfortunately, the active shooter situation is not new to Charlotte. In 2007, two employees were shot at Moes in Dilworth. In 2015, two were shot at Club Level in Uptown. And again in 2015, shots fired at the Northlake Mall where one victim died.
The goal of the Active Shooter Survival program is to build survival instincts because hesitating will waste time and could be the difference between life and death, police say.
CMPD plans to continue this program in the future with more businesses and churches in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.