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Active shooter situation training a first for US Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington

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An active shooter scenario played out in the halls of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District Thursday.

Regional and local law enforcement agencies and first responders were a part of the training, along with employees who pretended to be the victims in the shooting.

It was all an effort to plan for the worst.

"It gives them a chance to actually think about the unthinkable for a little while but in an environment that's safe," Commander Steve Baker said.

During a real life situation, there would be just seconds to decide if you will run, hide or fight back, something many employees say they experienced first hand.

"I learned to react very quickly because you just never know what's going to happen," Mike Baxter said.

Officials are hoping that practice makes perfect and these employees can live the way they trained, ready for whatever happens.

"What we're trying to do is just prepare people for the real world," George Marggraff with the Department of Homeland Security said.

Officials hope to hold more trainings like this in the future.

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