Shootings are a common occurrence in and around Red County with most days consisting of some form of gun related crime. Most of these crimes have a clear purpose, a motive, but this afternoon was different and I experienced the situation first hand.
At around 3:05 p.m. whilst on a ride along with San Andreas County Sheriff's Office Deputy Ryan Harper, I personally witnessed just how out of control the county's gun problem is getting. As on a standard patrol, Deputy Harper drove through Montgomery, taking a short cut onto the Route 46 via Clover Court. It was there that an unnamed male emerged from between two houses, immediately shooting at the cruiser.
As soon as the bullets began making contact, Deputy Harper instructed me to hide behind the cruiser for safety and cover, which I did. Back up was called and arrived almost instantly and the suspect was soon neutralized by trained members of the SWAT division. Whilst injured, the suspect again aimed his weapon at deputies. The suspect was eventually killed and the weapon, identified as a TEC-9, taken to the evidence locker.
As gun crime continues to be a prominent part of life in Red County, it is important to remember the strategy to follow if you find yourself in the situation. This is shown below:
© Department of Homeland Security
First, run. The Department of Homeland Security state that if you can hear shots being fired but you cannot see the suspect, run as far as you can from the situation. If you frequent any places, it's worth preparing an escape route in case of emergencies.
If you cannot run or the suspect is in view the next option is to hide and to give yourself protection from gun shots. Ideally you need to get yourself out of the suspect's line of vision whilst shielding yourself where possible. It's important, however, not to trap yourself. Although is it recommended that if you're in a room in a building to lock the door and barricade it.
When safe and able to do so, call 911 and alert the Sheriff's Office to your location. If you cannot speak, call 911 and simply allow the operator to listen.
The last resort is to fight. If you have no possible way of running or hiding it is within your best interest to distract or incapacitate the suspect. This can be done by using nearby objects as weapons or throwing things.
You can read more from the Department of Homeland Security here