This situation has the greatest potential for confusion. In the event of a shooting occurring in a movie theater, it can be extremely hard to visually identify the shooter much less separate the shooter from any other concealed carrier that is responding. It may not be as simple as a man coming in through the exit like the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater incident.
- Identify the source of the muzzle flashes.
- If a movie is going on, there may be enough ambient light to detect direction of the origin of the attack.
- Theaters can turn into giant panic rooms when disaster strikes. If you see another concealed carrier taking cover and attempting to find the shooter, work with him or her. If you see the shooter but can’t take a shot, call it out. Communicate. Especially in a darkened environment with people pushing to get out, it may be the only way.
- Try to keep people moving towards the safest exits.
Here are further tips to consider doing when law enforcement arrive on the scene.
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