Western Kentucky University police partner with other agencies to plan for critical incidents

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Another devastating and deadly shooting left a community in morning Wednesday.

Gunshots erupted just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Two people died, and four were injured.

It’s a story all too familiar. The number of mass shootings in the U.S. continues to rise. This most recent attack occurred only days after a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California.

School campuses across the country are doubling down on preparedness. At Western Kentucky University, campus police are partnering with local agencies to plan and stay prepared for emergency situations such as a school shooting.

“We’ve put together a number of training over the past few years where we just get together, and we walk through certain scenarios. What are some things that we might run into? What are some things that EMS is training for? What is the fire department training for? Especially in the wake of Virginia Tech, there was a lot that was learned from that,” said WKU Police Officer Tim Gray.

WKU police stress situational awareness as one way that everyone can stay alert and prepared in the event of a mass shooting.