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Community is prepared if active shooter situation arises

All around the country people are remembering the victims of this weekend's mass shootings.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 11:34 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2019 12:03 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- All around the country people are remembering the victims of this weekend's mass shootings.

The death toll in El Paso, TX is now 22, after two more people died of their injuries Monday.

Just 13 hours after that shooting, an attack in Dayton, Ohio killed nine.

It has communities across the country thinking about their own response to gun violence.

Dayton, OH has a population of more than 140,000.

Greater Lafayette carries a population of around 120,000.

An active shooter situation can happen anywhere.

"What can we do to prevent these types of actions and behaviors from happening in the first place?" asked Steve Tobias.

Tobias is the director of buildings and grounds for the Tippecanoe School Cooperation.

"Unfortunately it's a part of our World today," said Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith.

But, fortunately the Greater Lafayette community is ready, reliable, and responsive.

"We're here, we have the resources, we know what we need to do and we're prepared to do the job," said Goldsmith.

Goldsmith said his department trains twice a year in the case of an active shooter.

Tippecanoe School safety specialists also do the same thing.

"We've shut things down even more and hardened our buildings a little bit further to make sure that we aren't even going to let you get past the front door," said Tobias.

Tobias said that noise of entering the school is what you hear at all schools in the Tippecanoe School Cooperation and you must buzz in and be greeted before you even enter the school's doors.

At another school in Purdue University, an incoming freshman Autumn Denny, offered her personable solution.

"Fostering a bit more community spirit and caring about other people regardless of who they are or where they come from," said Denny.

Goldsmith said it's more than that.

"If somebody wants to do harm to an individual or a group of individuals, they will do whatever they can to do harm to that group," said Goldsmith. "Whether it's with a gun, a car, a knife, whatever, they are going to do harm to other people."

But at the end of the day Goldsmith said he is keeping his faith.

"We just hope and pray it never happens in Tippecanoe County, Indiana," said Goldsmith. "We don't want it to happen anywhere."

Tippecanoe County schools were awarded metal detecting wands.

Tobias said they will be used in the most practical way possible.

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