MARTIN COUNTY, TX (KWES) - It can happen anywhere a hospital, school or even a church. That's why active shooter training is being taught throughout the state of Texas to show citizens ways to defend themselves in deadly situations.
"Bad guys strike when they think there are not going to be any police and probably anybody who's going to be able to fight back," said Lt. Eric Williams with the Texas Tech Police Department.
Williams travels all over the state of Texas teaching the public ways to defend themselves in case the unthinkable might happen.
"In the world we are living in right now, it's becoming more important to be aware of our surroundings and our activities," said Martin County Hospital CEO, Paul McKinney.
"People that are prepared will mitigate that fear of the active shooter, so when it happens, they're not going to be caught like a deer in head lights," said Williams.
Williams stresses places like hospitals need to get trained in defense tactics because they're often ground zero for active shooters.
"A distraught family, distraught patient, somebody mad about a bill or something. We want our staff to be prepared," said McKinney.
There are three key tactics highlighted in the training: get out, hide out and take out.
If you can get out, speed and distance from the shooter is important.
"If you can't get out, we want you to hide out, which basically means getting inside an office space, classroom, bathroom, whatever. Locking yourself in, barricading the door," said Williams. "Turn off the lights and don't make any noise."