Active Shooter Drill: FAQ

Why is LLS promoting active shooter preparedness?

Although the odds of a real active shooter incident on campus are low, the potential impact of an active shooter can be incredibly significant. Accordingly, we feel that it is prudent to empower the whole LLS community to prepare and protect themselves should this type of incident occur. 

How would I be alerted if there was an active shooter on campus?

Communications uses LLS Alert to issue information to students, faculty, and staff via text, email, and/or phone during an emergency. (Register/update your information at https://webdb.lls.edu/emergency.)Additionally, Communications can also make announcement over all PA across campus.

If I hear gunshots or see a shooting in progress, who should I call? Security or 9-1-1?

If a shooting is in progress, as soon as it is safe, call 9-1-1 (or 9-9-1-1 from a campus phone), contact Security from an emergency phone, or call Security at 213-736-1121 (or ex1121 from a campus phone). If it becomes unsafe to talk, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what is taking place.

If I’m off-campus and I receive an LLS Alert that there is an active shooter on campus, what should I do?

Stay off-campus until you receive an additional, official LLS notification that the campus is clear and the suspect(s) have been neutralized.

In the event that I receive an LLS Alert that there is a real shooter on campus or I hear gunshots and I’m in an open area (like a hallway or outside), what should I do?

Please visit lls.edu/emergency for an extensive list of personal safety and preparedness tips specific to the LLS campus and an active shooter situation.

Should I try to apprehend the suspect myself?

Only as a last resort once all other options have been exhausted and only when your life is in imminent danger, you may choose to incapacitate the shooter. If you choose to do so, act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

On April 10, 2013 during the shelter-in-place drill, what should I do?

At approximately 11:20 am and 7:50 pm, initiate the shelter-in-place drill. If you are in a classroom, office, hallway, cafeteria, or any other communal space on campus, you are encouraged to have a discussion regarding shelter-in-place strategies during the allocated ten minutes. For a discussion resource, visit lls.edu/emergency.