Person with a Weapon

This page has been established in order to keep the campus community informed about safety and security issues on an ongoing basis.

Should a Shooting Incident Occur


If an armed intruder comes to EWU it is critical that faculty, staff and students report it immediately and take protective actions.

If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered an area or building and started shooting, or you hear the sounds of gunfire, the following actions are recommended:

  • Exit the building immediately-move away from the area and seek shelter. Avoid parking lots and open areas.
  • Notify anyone you encounter to exit the building immediately (or not enter).
  • Notify the Police by calling 911 and give the 911 operator the following information:
    Your name
    Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    Describe what is happening
    Number of shooters (if known)
    Identification of shooter (if known)
    Number of persons who may be involved
    Your location (and stay on the line if possible)

If you are directly within range or in danger of an active shooter and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

  • Go to the nearest room or office and hide-stay calm and quiet.
  • Close the door, lock or barricade the door if possible, take cover behind concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets.
  • Cover the door windows, if possible.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room. Turn off iPods and radios, but keep computers on with monitors faced away from door. Silence cell phones.
  • DO NOT answer the door.
  • Notify the Police by calling 911 (see above).
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify your location if possible.
  • Wait for Police to assist you out of the building.

If the shooting is occurring outdoors, the following actions are recommended:

  • Move inside a building, if possible, and follow the recommendations above.
  • If you cannot go inside, try to hide behind something solid.
  • Run away from the sounds of shooting, if you can do so without increasing your risk.
  • Notify the Police by calling 911 (see above).
  • Play dead if you cannot get away-assume a prone position and lay as still as possible.
  • Fight-your last option if you are caught in the open and in close proximity to the shooter is to fight back. This is dangerous and not recommended, but could be your only option. Do anything you can in an attempt to disable or slow down the aggressor. You can use many types of items as weapons: books, trash cans or other small items.
  • If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight, obey all commands and avoid eye contact.
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