An active shooter scenario occurs when one or more armed persons
are present on the university grounds and whose only objective is
to cause serious injury or death to as many persons as possible.
Normally there is no pattern concerning which victim will be
selected by the intruder. However, there are certain things you can
do to minimize your chances of becoming a victim. Scenarios of this
type tend to escalate very quickly and will require the immediate
response from armed law enforcement officers to contain and stop
the incident. In the following guide you will find certain
suggestions that faculty members, students and staff can take if
you are ever confronted with a situation of this nature. Remember
to stay calm, follow these simple steps during an emergency and
your chance of being a victim can be greatly reduced.
Shooting incident outside:
- Immediately run to a building, enter a room, and lock the door
- Drop anything you are carrying that may slow you down.
- Use a tree, vehicle, mailbox etc. for cover and concealment
from the gunman.
- If you are caught out in the open get on the ground and lay
flat, do not move until
the gunman has left the area.
- As soon as possible call 911 and tell the police where you are
and if you need any medical
- Provide a detailed description of the assailant and the
direction he was last observed travelling toward.
Shooting incident Inside of a
- Stay and shelter in place. Remain in a room that can be locked
- If you are not in a secure location and it is safe to move, go
to a near-by room
that can be locked or barricaded.
- Reinforce the door with furniture, desks, file cabinets or any
other material available to you.
- Turn off the lights and computer monitors, close the blinds and
cover any door
window with an opaque cover.
- Keep as quit as possible, stay down low near a wall away from
the door and windows in the room.
- Place all cellular phones on silent or vibrate mode.
- Call 911 as soon as possible. Give your exact location to the
police. Tell them how many others are with you and if anyone needs
- Describe the assailant if he was observed by you.
- Do not open the door to any voice commands even if you
recognize the voice.
- Wait until you are sure the police/public safety is present
before opening the door.
If needed, call 911 to confirm that law enforcement officers have
When Police arrive:
- Follow the instructions of the police officers exactly.
- Keep your hands visible at all times.
- Do not touch anything at the crime scene.
- Do not leave the campus until you are instructed to do so by
or Public Safety personnel.
- Remember you may be a witness to a crime and may be required to
speak with investigators.
St. Johns University
Department of Public Safety