It’s a scenario that can play out at any hospital anywhere in the world — an armed and disgruntled patient walks into the emergency room and starts shooting.
When it happened Thursday afternoon at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, it, thankfully, was just a drill. But those who remember the chaos that ensued during the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in April 2007 can attest to the fact no one is immune, and everyone should know how to respond.
Helping staff and local emergency services learn what should and should not be done in the event of an active shooter at LGHP was the purpose of Thursday’s drill. It’s just one of three to four “major drills” the hospital conducts annually to prepare for various emergency situations.