FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Fort Wayne Police Department is reminding people to always have a plan when in public after mass murders in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
Both mass murder events happened in what are referred to as "soft targets," meaning public areas where people frequent and are vunerable to attacks.
Police already teach students in area schools how to survive active shooter events using Avoid, Deny, and Defend.
Fort Wayne police said avoid means being aware of your surroundings such as who is around and where the exits are. Don't hesitate to leave if you feel unsafe, and don't limit yourself to doors.
Deny access means keeping the attacker away. This could be going into a room, closing and locking the door and barricading the door if it opens toward you.
Defend means you actually fight the attacker. Police said the best way to beat the attacker is to believe you will beat them and don't back down.
Once you are safe, call 911.
Police said if you are unsure about something, call police because they'd rather check something that isn't serious instead of not knowing enough to possibly prevent a tragedy.