Charlotte Knights stadium was buzzing with activity Wednesday with sirens blaring in the parking lot and gunfire inside the stadium’s upper concourse.
York County Sheriff’s Deputies were taking part in an active shooter training exercise, designed to eliminate the threat of a gunman killing innocent victims.
Sgt. Buddy Brown of the York County Sheriff’s Office says recent events — dating back to Columbine in 1999 — have made this training all the more important.
Brown says the program teaches officers to focus on the major task at hand.
Brown led Wednesday’s training session said the classroom and field work is designed to be applied to any circumstance that may arise — whether it be at a school, a factory or a public facility like a mall.
Brown says in the event of an active shooting situation, authorities are trained to focus to eliminate the immediate threat — the shooter or shooters — before tending to the injuries of any victims.
Wednesday’s training used simulation bullets.
In an unrelated exercise outside the stadium, Rock Hill Police were conducting annual driver training in the parking lot. Officers were practicing a road course involving high rates of speed.
Below is a video of one demonstration.