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April 4, 2013
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Training exercise helps make sense of mass shootings

Staccato gunfire resounded through the hallways of Douglas High School on Wednesday morning as law enforcement officials carried out a standard drill that two decades ago might have been inconceivable. The live rounds used in the active shooter drill were blanks, but they blasted the ears like real bullets. Spent cartridges lay strewn on the ground. The smell of gunpowder hung in the air. Students, who had volunteered to participate during spring break, ran screaming from the classrooms. “Typically, we don’t rush into scenes of violence,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Capt. Dan Britton. “For incidents like bank robberies, we set …

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The Record Courier Updated Apr 4, 2013 07:21PM Published Apr 5, 2013 03:29PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.