Gulfport Seabees spent Monday participating in a Navy-wide active shooter exercise to make sure sailors and civilians are prepared for the worst.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
The Seabee base in Gulfport went on lockdown for an hour Monday. That's the standard procedure if the base came under attack by terrorists or a domestic threat. Luckily, it wasn't a real emergency, only a drill.
In Monday's scenario, gunfire erupted inside one of the buildings on the Seabee Base and the security department rushed to the scene.
"We knew we had two active shooters and several wounded," Seabee Base Security Department Katie Morrison said. "The fist thing we do is go in and neutralize the threat. We go towards the sounds of the shots, basically ignore everything else, and make sure that threat is neutralized."
Two officers rush inside screaming, "Put your hands up." Several shots were heard from the building as Morrison and others anxiously await any news from inside the building.
Over the radio one of the officers reports, "We have one gunmen dead and one in custody. We have multiple casualties, multiple wounded."
The gunman is brought out in handcuffs then base firefighters and a medical team head inside the building. Victims are screaming in pain, begging for help. A paramedic yells, "If you can hear me and you can walk, walk towards me. No one comes, so they rush into several different rooms to the victims.
"In a situation like this, we bring in the Gulfport police and fire department to tie into us, as well as AMR, our local ambulance service, to back us up and coordinate something like this," Seabee Base Commanding Officer Captain Paul Odenthal said.
Outside, the medical team has a triage set up. Those who are the most serious are on the red tarp, those who need immediate care placed on the yellow, and those who are not as serious are placed on the green.
All together four people are dead and five are injured.
"We hope to never have one, but if it does happen, we will be ready," Captain Odenthal said.
"We were very happy," Morrison said. "Our team did a good job. The tactical entry was spot on, as you heard, the shooting started as soon as they opened the door and that didn't deter them at all. They went straight in and were able to deter the shooters."
This type of drill is held once a year at Navy bases across the country to make sure everyone is prepared for the worst.