Maryland State Police prepared several hotel and restaurant leaders for the one event they hoped would never happen: an active shooter walking into an Ocean City business.
During a two-hour seminar on Monday at the Princess Royale on 91st Street, Trooper First Class Stephen Hallman and Sgt. Ted Antal walked Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association members through various psychological and physical stages of an active shooter or bomber event – and what they can do to fight back.
“Evil exists in the world, so we have to prepare to minimize damage when an incident occurs,” Hallman said. “You may have an emergency operational plan, but when it happens, do you have time to go through the manual? That’s why you prepare people.”
Shooting incidents occur very quickly, he said, meaning there is a need for individuals to be prepared. To illustrate this, Hallman said during the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the gunmen killed 10 people and injured 12 more in the span of seven minutes.