An active assailant is an individual posing an immediate threat of death or grievous bodily harm to innocent persons. This is a criminal act. They are often dynamic and unpredictable and last for a short duration (often over with 10-15 minutes).
- Terrorist attack (Very unlikely)
- Related attack (Very unlikely)
- Random attack (Very unlikely)
- Disgruntled employees
- Abusive partners of employees
In 2014, Mount Royal University partnered with other post-secondary institutions to release a video titled “Shooter on Campus: Know You Can Survive.” The nine-minute video, produced by the Campus Alberta Risk and Assessment Committee (CARA). The video contains some material that some viewers may find unsettling. It contains fire arms, gun shots and screaming.
- Preparation warning behaviour
- Indicators of research or planning (e.g., particular interest shown in entrances or security, taking pictures)
- Fixation warning behavior
- Increasing negative focus on person or cause
- Angry emotional undertones, usually with decreasing social interaction and deteriorating work
- Unexplained changes in lifestyle or stated beliefs
- Aggressive behavior
- Warnings to others
When safe, immediately notify the Police at 9-1-1 (9-9-1-1 on Internal Phones). Provide the following:
- Number of attacker(s)
- Description of attacker(s)
- Number and type of weapons
- Number of potential victims
First option should be to GET OUT. If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.