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What to do after an apartment shooting incident in Atlanta

Posted by Yari Lawson | May 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

It wasn't so long ago that you started losing sleep at the thought of someone barging in through the front door with a loaded gun.

The fear of apartment shooting stems from an actual incident nearby. When you hear loaded weapons go off in your surroundings, it can instill jitters in your body from head to toe. It's also considered “trauma” in the eyes of most medical and mental health experts worldwide.

What's the right set of actions you should take when there's been an apartment shooting in Atlanta near your residential space? Keep reading this post to find out!

Learning Active Shooter Guidelines

In the past couple of years, shooting incidents have kept increasing due to the rapid arms sales across the US. Active shooters can pop out of nearly any corner, and one must remain prepared to deal with some imminent forms of danger at all times.

Safety authorities and public awareness organizations recommend following these three basic guidelines in an active apartment shooting. Whether it's an apartment, office, or school, you need to know what to do. 

Whenever you possibly can, dial 911 or any other emergency hotline depending on your country/state/region to alert authorities.

  • Run/Evacuate

It's best to evacuate the place of the incident as soon as possible. If a suspected active shooter is in the vicinity, try evacuating the area. Alert others wherever possible and try to discreetly get away from the assumed range of the active shooter. Avoid engaging the shooter to prevent any serious injuries or fatalities.

  • Hide/Become Inaccessible

Becoming inaccessible is another step you can take. Since active shooter incidents involve perpetrators with mental health disorders most of the time, you should avoid any sort of interaction. Getting caught in a quarrel or stand-off doesn't end on a good note most of the time.

So, try and use secret routes, rooms, and hidden spaces to make yourself and others away from the active shooter. Notify your neighbors as soon as possible and make sure you're hiding properly without giving away a lot of clues to the active shooter as to where you're hiding.

  • Fight/ Engage

Whenever you have to fight or engage with an active shooter in your apartment, make sure it involves close-quarters combat. Being unarmed or having a weapon other than a gun while the perpetrator is holding a long-range rifle will put you at a great disadvantage.

Avoid fighting at all costs but when necessary, make sure you use stealth to your advantage and get as close to the active shooter as possible to hinder them. Being close to the active shooter will increase your chances of disarming them.

Get a Lawyer to Defend Property, Loved Ones, and Yourself

If you or your loved ones are caught in an apartment shooting incident and sustain any injury, get in touch with a lawyer immediately. After gaining medical assistance and support from law enforcement authorities, you can rely on a reputable lawyer in Atlanta to help you gain the deserved compensation for any or all losses.

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About the Author

Yari Lawson

Yari D. Lawson is a native of Eatonton, Georgia . He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta , GA. Yari received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, School of Law.  Yari focuses his practice primarily on personal injury. Before going into private practice, Y...


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