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'I don't want to live in fear': People participate in active shooter preparedness seminar

People take part in an Active Shooter Preparedness seminar Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Red Rock Search and Rescue building in Las Vegas. (Corwin Hall/KSNV)

Twenty-five people spent a Saturday afternoon learning what to do during what used to be the unthinkable — they learned how to survive an active shooter scenario.

The class was organized by Red Rock Search and Rescue and taught by James Cameron, founder of Security Concepts Group.

During each opportunity to ask questions, the conversation turned to the 1 October mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

Shelly Horten, who was at the festival and survived without any physical injuries, described the class as part of her healing process.

“That’s why I’m here. I don’t want to live in fear,” Horten said. “I want to be proactive and move forward.”

During one exchange, she asked the instructor if concertgoers did the right thing by running away from the gunfire?

“In this scenario, it would have been better to run towards” Stephen Paddock, said Cameron.

He drew a diagram illustrating how people inside the concert venue were easier targets for the shooter, while people closer to Mandalay Bay were too far under his field of vision.

“So, if I would have ran this way, now I’m further in that safe zone where he can’t get to me,” he said.

Most concertgoers fled from the east gates of the venue, near Giles Street and Mandalay Bay Road, as gates facing Las Vegas Blvd. toward Mandalay Bay were closed.

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