HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - The manhunt in Boston unfolded on the same day local police had previously planned to train hundreds of businesses in WNY on how to prevent a mass shooting.
Friday morning, close to 300 members of the business community took part in a training session at Hilbert College on how to prevent a shooting situation and what you should do in a worst case scenario.
NFTA Police Chief George Gast said, "The first thing is to run, evacuate the area, get out. Secondly, if you can't evacuate, to hide, to shelter in place. And finally, as a last result if you can't do either of the first two, to fight back with whatever you have available."
On June 15 of last year, Dr. Timothy Jorden, a former Army Ranger weapons specialist and surgeon, murdered Jackie Wiesknewski at ECMC and started a nationwide manhunt.
"It's highly unlikely that a person would find themselves in an active shooter situation. But if you train, it increases your chances on surviving the situation," Chief Gast said.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul says the tragedy in Boston is a reminder of how businesses can work together with law enforcement. It was a Lord & Taylor store camera that helped police identify the suspects.
"There's something that shows the integration and the importance, frankly ,of business, law enforcement working together to improve the safety of all," Hochul noted.
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