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Norman police on active shooter situation: Get out, hide out, take out

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NORMAN, Okla. - The big question is what do people do if caught in an active shooter situation.

Our law enforcement officers take trainings at least yearly but, for you and me, if we found ourselves at work,  the first instinct might be to lock ourselves in an office.

Norman police want you to remember: get out, hide out, take out.

"If you are here and you hear what sounded like gunshots out there, the first thing I'm looking for is that exit right there," said Capt. Todd Gibson, head of Norman Police Department's SWAT team.

First piece of advice: get out.

"What we like to tell people is get out, hide out and take out," Gibson said. "It's the three outs, and it's very simple."

Three tips to help save your life.

"If I can't get to a sign that has a big exit symbol like that on it, then I'm going to get into the first room that I can, then I'm going to start the barricading techniques," Gibson said.

A three step plan, as our country approaches over 350 mass shootings this year.

"Shutting the door and then getting desks and pushing it beside the door and pulling this over in front of the door," Gibson advises.

The head of SWAT said don't waste time on locking the door, hide out and be silent.

"As he's making his way down the hall, if he's not seeing victims, like anyone else, he's going to be listening for things that let him know that people are in an area that he wants to attack," Gibson said.

And, if you find yourself face to face with an attacker, take them out.

"This is probably one of the last options we would suggest at the police department, although it's a realistic option you may find yourself in," Gibson said. "If I tell this person, you hit them low, boom I hit them low and, as soon as they hit them low, then you're coming in high and you're striking with the pen in some sort of soft tissue area."

"When situations occur, even the best response is going to be seconds or minutes away, and sometimes you don't have that kind of time, Gibson said. "Be mindful, and be prepared, but don't be fearful."