Active Shooter Training

All I heard was gunfire as I entered the building and I knew the drill had already started. I was quickly ushered up the stairs of this vacated nursing home in Melrose. I knew my assignment was an active shooter scenario but I wasn't expecting to be throwing right into the middle of the action. I got up stairs was quickly told where to stand and where not to stand. Things were happening all around me very fast. People were running from different rooms, I wasn't sure who had the gun and who were patients. After a few minutes the drill was over as fast as it began. I saw 2 more drills before they broke for lunch. Each scenario started without warning and the 3 scenarios I was able to witness only lasted a total of a few minutes. I was very impressed with how the Melrose Police Department and local hospital staff were able to control each unpredictable scenario. Check out more photos here.

Nikon D4s, 1/400 @ f/4.5, ISO 16,000, 17-35mm Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Dale Parsons and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/400 @ f/4.5, ISO 16,000, 17-35mm

Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Dale Parsons and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 12,800, 70-200mm Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D500, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 12,800, 70-200mm

Melrose Police Sgt. Josh Crowley, Patrolman Brian Ladner and Sgt. Dave Mackey take part in an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/320 @ f/4, ISO 20,000, 17-35mm Melrose Patrolman Levi DiFranza charges down the hallway as he plays the role of the assailant during an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]

Nikon D4s, 1/320 @ f/4, ISO 20,000, 17-35mm

Melrose Patrolman Levi DiFranza charges down the hallway as he plays the role of the assailant during an active shooter drill inside Wingate at Melrose, Friday, May 12, 2017. [Wicked Local Staff Photo / David Sokol]