Monday, July 27, 2015
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) — One month after the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, local churches want to make sure something like that doesn’t happen here.
Aiken Public Safety and the FBI are teaming up for an active shooter seminar Monday night.
Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken is hosting an active shooter awareness seminar with Aiken Public Safety and the FBI.
“And we want to be prepared in case something should threaten that that we’re doing the best we can to protect the safety and assembling of our people when they come together,” Pastor Phillip Dunn said.
Doug Parker is a former GBI investigator and specializes in active shooter situations. He says protection begins right as someone walks through the door.
“We also have to be aware. They have to be watchful. To look at people and see if they are fitting the situation. Just as if the crowd is excited and it’s pleasing to what they’re hearing. They’re clapping and smiling, maybe you have someone that’s not doing those types of things,” Doug Parker said.
To keep an intruder from coming in, Parker says simple things could help keep someone out. Putting zip ties in the door closer above the door or wrapping your belt around the door handle and pulling will keep the door close. This creates a path of resistance, which Parker says deters gunmen. Parker says when a shooter starts firing, it usually lasts about 9 minutes.
If the shooter does get in he suggests throwing things at the person, like a chair. He said fire extinguishers are great not only for the blunt force of it, but the chemicals inside to spray. He even says a phone or keys will help. Anything you can disrupt the person with a gun their hand trying to acquire a target.
Parker says he can also be contacted to come to local churches and inspect their safety for these types of situations and teach people on how to stay safe.
The seminar is only for church leadership or security.