Over the years, multiple federal agencies, including the FBI, ATF, and Secret Service, have studied and reviewed thousands of mass shooting events throughout the United States. Although each agency interprets the data differently, they all reach similar conclusions.

Although active shooter attacks at schools and places of worship often receive national news coverage, they make up only a portion of public mass shootings.

Individuals that commit mass shootings come in all ages, ethnicities, genders, and from any socioeconomic status. The shooter often plans out their attack months in advance and prepares for it over several days.

In retail shootings, the shooter will shoot at random, frequently his target is a stranger. In shootings at schools, places of worship, and commercial businesses, the shooter is often known and targets specific individuals.

At Ninex, we know that behind the numbers there are thousands of individuals whose lives have been changed forever. The systems and services we offer are specifically designed to help any organization mitigate the threat of an active shooter event.


Active Shooters are dealing with a crisis in their life

Mindset of a ​Mass Shooter

Targeted active shooter attacks are not spontaneous; they are often well planned out weeks or months in advance by the shooter. There are five stages the shooter will go through before they commit this horrific act.

1. The fantasizing

In the fantasy stage, the shooter fantasizes about the event. He may spend hours online looking at other mass shootings and idolizing other shooters. He might also draw sketches of how he imagined the shooting would transpire and how he would be immortalized in time. Sometimes he will share his fantasies with others or post them online.

2. The planning

In the planning stage, the shooter determines what he plans to do, where and when he will do it, and how he will obtain his weapon and travel to the location. He may spend hours writing down the details of his plan and may discuss his plans with others.

3. Preparing for the attack

This is the stage where a shooter starts to put his plan into motion. This includes acquiring weapons, maybe by stealing them from friends or family members. Depending on the targeted location and accessibility, the shooter may plant additional weapons or explosives in and around the area before the attack.

4. In route to the attack

As the shooter is driving to the site, he's only thinking about his plan, and unless he is stopped for a traffic violation or someone has notified authorities, nothing will stop him from executing his plan.

5. The attack

This is the event itself. As he arrives on site and produces his weapon, he goes into a tunnel vision stage, knowing that he has a short amount of time to kill as many people as possible before he is stopped by law enforcement, a citizen, or he kills himself.

If the shooter does not have a specific target in mind, he will shoot the first person he sees, and if he has a target, he will shoot anyone that stands in his way of getting to that target.

The Risk Factor

Although an active shooter attack can occur anywhere, certain places are often chosen by the shooter when their goal is to kill as many people as possible before they are stopped. Places that are designated as "gun free zones" may be one reason why the shooter chooses these locations. Other factors like accessibility to the target, methods of escaping, and response time by law enforcement may also be considered.

Shopping Malls
Are fully open to the public, allowing a shooter to easily conceal multiple weapons in packaging that blends into the environment.

 Typically have multiple points of entry and long, narrow hallways that provide the shooter with the perfect killing field after pulling a fire alarm.

Places of Worship
Pews are packed with dozens of people, making it very difficult for anyone to exit the building or conceal themselves from the shooter.

Commercial Offices
Allow a shooter, especially in a large open area where most people will be working in cubicles, to easily find victims, as many of them will hide underneath a desk.

Outdoor Events
May be wide open, but they are often fenced in, allowing the shooter to easily shoot multiple people once they reach the fence line.

Medical Facilities
Patients are confined to rooms with no door locks, and individuals in surgery or the ICU cannot be moved.

How prepared is your organization for an Acti​ve Shooter

It doesn't matter the size or type of an organization; they all have one thing in common: People. The more people, the greater the number of potential victims. Therefore, every organization should be prepared to deal with an active shooter attack.

How prepared is your organization to deal with such an event if it happened right now?  Take this 10-question interactive online assessment to find out.

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