Business leaders attend active shooter training session

Published: Oct. 2, 2017 at 4:41 PM AKDT
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A deadly shooting in Las Vegas is weighing heavy on the minds of many, including local business leaders who were at an active shooter training event on Monday.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at the Dena'ina Center on Monday.

The session was planned prior to the shooting.

Virginia Rosser with ConnectHR, who attended the training, said she knows friends impacted by the shooting.

"I actually have a few friends who were personally affected," said Rosser. "I was looking on Facebook today, and I had a friend's mother pass away. So all I can say is that my heart is with them, and I'm saying prayers for everybody."

Participants learned about their three options during an active shooter situation: Run, hide or fight only as a last resort.

Scott Stender, a senior consultant and trainer with Avitus Group, told participants that everyone in Las Vegas had to make those choices.

"They made a choice to say, 'Do I run, do I hide or do I fight?'" Stender said.

Avitus Group, which led the training, said since June there have been nine workplace killings in the U.S.

For more information about how to protect your work place and prevent violence, visit Avitus Group's