WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4Utah) Self-radicalized home grown extremists and active shooters are among the top priorities for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Utah.
Last year, the United States witnessed 30 mass shootings, a 50 percent increase from 2016. Nearly 950 people were hurt or killed in mass shootings between 2016 and 2017.
“It is something that is going to continue to challenge us,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Barnhart said.
Active shooter training continued at the FBI Monday. To get into the mind of a shooter, FBI principal firearm instructor Jim Olson got behind the gun.
His advice during an active shooter situation: run, hide or fight.
To survive: Run. Hide. Fight.
“Make a conscious decision to change the dynamic of what it is you are witnessing, what it is you are a part of,” Olson said.
The best thing one can do is run away from the deadly situation.
If you can’t escape, prevent the shooter from getting to you. Olson advises using any device that will lock a door from the inside. Pile tables and chairs to make it harder for a shooter.
“When it comes to fighting, you’re fighting for your life. That person isn’t there to do you any good. You need to look at it as a life and death struggle,” Barnhart said.
If you’re under the gun, Olson said it’s time to fight. Use whatever you can find: a flagpole, scissors, even hot coffee can become a weapon.
“We can be very, very aggressive and aggressive enough, quickly enough, until we can eliminate that threat,” Olson said.
Barnhart admits the agency is learning from the mistakes made ahead of the Parkland, FL shooting, where two tips were missed before the shooter killed 17 people.