Rapid Response: Expect personal connections, additional threats in active shooter event

The potential for a confusing operational picture existed during the opening minutes of the response to the latest school shooting tragedy in Santa Clarita, California

What happened: The latest school shooting was a little close to home: 3 miles in fact, from my front door in Santa Clarita, California, to Saugus High School. A 16-year-old student walked into the school just before 8 a.m., and shot five students, two of whom later died, before turning the gun on himself.

The response was broadcast live courtesy of the LA news market TV helicopters, social media updates and rapid media briefings by the sheriff and others.

Why it’s significant: Even though Santa Clarita is the third-largest city in LA county, it is still a very close-knit community. First responders were not only responding to students, in some cases, they were responding to immediate family.

The first responder on scene was reportedly a local police officer who was dropping a child off, who responded immediately to the gunfire.

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