Run, hide, fight: Police stress key tips during mass shooting scenario


It’s a situation we hope never to find ourselves in, facing a gunman on a rampage with a mission to kill.

San Bernardino was just the latest of several mass shootings in the United States this year. Hawaii experienced a similar tragedy in 1999 at the former Xerox building.

If you are ever caught in a similar situation, the Honolulu Police Department says there are things you can do to try and make it out alive.

“Every business needs some type of plan, some emergency action plan in place and to practice that, because we see the trend. There’s more of these things happening all the time, so it’s probably not if, it’s when,” said Maj. William Baldwin with HPD’s Major Events Division.

The first thing you should do is run. Get out as long as you see a safe path, even if others may not want to. Leave your belongings behind.

Next, try to hide. Lock your doors, silence your phones, and hide behind large objects.

Fighting is a last resort. Officials say if you take this option, you should act with physical aggression, improvise weapons, and commit to your actions.

If you do run into police, don’t run toward them because they might think that you’re the shooter.

“Keep your hands visible, follow the directions of the officer,” said Lt. Thomas Santos, Major Events Division. “The officers are going to be trying to take in a lot information and listen to their radio. They’re trying to keep their weapons up. They’re scanning people.”

Click here to download an educational booklet from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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