Short film, made before the ‘Dark Knight’ theater massacre, advises people to flee. If that’s not possible, it suggests it may be necessary to fight.
In the wake of the horrific mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, the Houston’s city government has released a safety video advising what to do when “life feels more like an action movie than reality.”
“Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event” was completed about two weeks before the July 20 massacre at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Dennis J. Storemski of the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety said.
"We didn't release it at the time because we didn't know it was relevant,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “Now it is.”
The 6-minute video focuses on office shootings. True to its title, it suggests fleeing the scene of a shooting as a first option.
“Encourage others to leave with you,” the narrator intones, “but don’t let them slow you down with indecision.”
If running is not possible, the film recommends finding and securing a hiding spot, shutting off lights and silencing cell phones.
The action-movie peak comes with the “Fight” section, which should be a last resort when your life is in danger.
“Act with aggression,” says the narrator. “Improvise weapons. Disarm him, and commit to taking the shooter down.”
Houston Mayor Annise Parker said she “can't imagine the horror and grief” in Aurora after the shooting.
“If it is at all possible for any good to come out of it, perhaps it can be letting people know the options to consider if it happens again," she said in a press release.
Twelve people were killed and 58 others were injured in Aurora when James Holmes allegedly opened fire in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Holmes, 24, was charged Monday with 24 counts of murder – two for each victim slain – and 116 counts of attempted murder.