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October Interviews

10/07 M.E. Browning, Shadow Ridge

10/14 Alexia Gordon

10/21 Adam Meyer

10/28 Barbara Ross, Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door

October Guest Bloggers

10/03 Kathleen Kalb

10/17 S. Lee Manning

10/31 Sharon Dean

WWK Weekend Bloggers

10/10 Jennifer J. Chow

10/24 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Run, Hide, Fight: Active Shooter Presentation

By Margaret S. Hamilton

Evendale Ohio Police Sargent Tim Holloway recently gave an active shooter presentation at the Evendale Recreation Center, the same talk he routinely gives to local businesses, school groups, and the Evendale summer day camp staff. At a rapid and forceful pace, Holloway discussed the current rubric for the presence of an active shooter: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.


Evacuate, help others, prevent people from entering the building, call 9-1-1. Central dispatch will radio patrol cars in the Cincinnati suburbs, which will arrive in two or three minutes.

Have a plan. You have three to five minutes to survive. If you are wounded, you need to have a survival mindset. Whitney Austin, who survived the 2018 Cincinnati Fifth Third Bank shooting with twelve bullet wounds, chanted to herself as she played dead: “I have a five and seven-year-old who need their mother.” Austin recovered and later founded the Whitney Strong Foundation to promote a reduction in gun violence.

The 1995 TransContinental Trucking shooting in Evendale still haunts the police. A shooter, angry about his reduced work hours, entered the offices and shot and killed two employees. The receptionist hid under her desk. She could have run away, but hid until the shooter found her. After he shot her, she ran, but it was too late. She was dead by the time she reached the patrol cars.


Barricade the door with tables and chairs. Turn off the lights, pull down the blinds, silence your cellphone, and hide behind a large object. Use a belt or purse strap looped over the double lever open/close mechanism on an exit door to prevent entry. A wooden or metal door will not deflect bullets, but will affect bullet trajectory.

In classrooms, teachers are equipped with a large garbage can containing a trash bag liner, a hammer, a rope, a sheet, an epi-pen, granola bars and bottles of water. A sheet can cover a window. A hammer can break a window and be used as a weapon. A rope can be used, tied to a doorknob, to prevent entry. In lengthy lockdown situations, the trash can with liner can serve as a toilet.


If the shooter enters a room, make yourself a moving target. Yell, throw things, keep moving. Don’t hide and wait for him to find you. Use physical aggression. Improvise weapons. Attack the shooter with a fire extinguisher: spray first, then beat the shooter with the metal extinguisher. Your objective is to incapacitate the shooter. Use a charging or extension cord to choke the shooter.

If you are with a group of children, help them exit through a door or window and tell them to run to a soccer goal, tree, or jungle gym. Within minutes, enough first responders will be on the scene to care for them.

If you are shot in an arm or leg, apply a tourniquet. You can last an hour without treatment. Treat chest wounds with compression. Pack the wound with gauze or strips of clothing to slow bleeding. You need transport ASAP.


Their job is to stop the shooter, not administer first aid or help you evacuate. Stay calm and quiet with your hands visible.

Readers and writers, have you had active shooter training?

Sgt. Holloway completed his presentation by showing a DHS and City of Houston YouTube video: Run, Hide, Fight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0


Jim Jackson said...

It is desperately sad that we need this knowledge, but better everyone knows.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

The recent Colorado STEM school shootings referenced the run-hide-fight concept. The kids followed their training. My husband's lab has the same protocol, but with few outside doors.

Shari Randall said...

I agree with Jim. Especially in light of the latest school shooting, it is tragic that we, and our children, need to know these things. Thank you for sharing the information, Margaret.

Grace Topping said...

What a sad commentary that in this day and age we have to be trained to survive if attacked in a public place. Thank you, Margaret, for posting these tips.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Shari and Grace, watch the video. Sargent Holloway makes his college kids watch it at the start of every semester. It's a horrible feeling to be seated in a public theatre and locate not only the nearest exits but plan a retreat in case of an active shooter.

KM Rockwood said...

One thing I was taught in active shooter training is to never, under any circumstances, open the door to let anyone in. This include people you know & trust. They just might be the shooter. Or someone could be using them to get a door opened.

When I was in hostage training, they gave us a list of things to do that people who had been held hostage had complied. The first one was, "Remember, even if yo are not religious, you can pray." This was followed by, "Never leave home for work with feelings of antipathy toward your loved ones." and "Make sure your life insurance is paid up."

Not exactly encouraging.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Good point about opening the door, Kathleen.