When To Properly Report An Active Shooter…



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First and foremost: I want to thank everyone who has sent us tips and content.
Thank You! 

In recent years, we have noticed an influx in the term of “Active Shooter”  in the reports that are reported to us.   

We want to set the record straight and educate the public a little bit. 

I will provide a few examples: 

  • Someone had an UMBRELLA at the school on Springfield and Safford and it was called an “Active Shooter”, CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
  • Fire alarm went off at the mall recently, and many people reported a fire alarm as an “Active shooter” situation. 
  • Yesterdays incident at Walmart was reported as an “Active Shooter” situation. 

So I am just going to be as blunt and straight to the point on this. 


Rockford Police was nice enough to provide the official definition of “Active Shooter”

The agreed-upon definition of active shooter by US government agencies (including the White House, US Department of Justice, FBI, US Department of Education, US Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency) is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Yes, we understand emotions may be running high when a scene is ongoing.   
But we strive for accuracy, and it is hard when we have 30 reports saying “Active Shooter” and it ends up being a fire alarm or umbrella. 

You can not have one without the other. 

Active shooter = If someone is ACTIVELY engaged in killing or attempting to kill.     
Armed subject = Person with a weapon, but no BANG, BANG, BANG… 

Again, we strive for accuracy and we understand emotions run high. 

But please, do not report an active shooter UNLESS YOU ACTUALLY SEE OR HEAR gunshots. 



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