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Chula Vista Police host active shooter forum for houses of worship

Posted at 11:10 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 02:25:07-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Faith leaders and business owners in Chula Vista attended a training Monday night to learn how to plan and prepare for an active shooter threat.

Chula Vista police lieutenant, Dan Peak, tells 10News the department received several calls after the Poway Synagogue shooting, asking officers how they could stay safe in the event of an active shooter at their place of worship or business.

Chula Vista Police Sergeant, Mike Varga, provided the training for the community. Varga's presentation included a history of active shooters, red flags to look out for, and what to do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation. His advice in that situation is to run, hide or fight.

During the presentation, Varga played a 9-minute video detailing exactly what one can do to survive a shooting.

Varga also told the audience to listen to their intuition, meaning if someone is displaying red flags, alert the police and let investigators decide whether or not there is a threat.

The training ended with a Q and A session with the audience.

To watch the active shooter training video shown at Monday night's forum, click here.