The sounds of shouting and fake gunshots echoed around the Cal State-Northridge campus this morning as about 100 police officers gathered to practice for a worst-case scenario that has become all too real: a shooter on campus.
It was coincidence that the "active shooter" drill at CSUN came just six days after 26 people, including 20 children, were shot dead at a Connecticut elementary school.
"It was very much on our minds," CSUN police Chief Anne Glavin said after the exercise. "You get starkly reminded of why you're doing it and the fact these things sadly do occur. And we have to be prepared to deal with them."
The annual exercise involved officers from CSUN police and five other departments.