FBI to hold active shooter training at Independence Mall Sunday

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Don't be alarmed if you see a lot of law enforcement around Independence Mall in Wilmington Sunday night. It is only a drill.

The Charlotte Division of the FBI will host a training exercise to simulate an active shooter situation in a public venue starting at about 7 p.m. Sunday at the mall.

Approximately 80 law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services leaders, Independence Mall personnel and volunteers will participate in the exercise. It is the culmination of a three-part training program developed by the FBI in the wake of recent mass shootings across the country.

The public should expect to see a large number of law enforcement agencies in the area of Independence Mall Sunday evening. The FBI asks the public to stay away from the mall parking lot and the area directly surrounding the mall during the exercise in order not to interfere with the training.

FBI employees have hosted workshops on active shooter situations for state, local, tribal, and campus police agencies. All 56 FBI field offices nationwide held tabletop exercises for law enforcement and private sector partners to focus on how to respond to and recover from a mass killing incidents.

The FBI has also set up a new active shooter web page as a resource for law enforcement and the public to learn more about these tragic situations including life saving information.

Agencies participating in Sunday's drill include, FBI Charlotte, Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, New Hanover County Emergency Management, New Hanover Regional Emergency Medical Services, Wilmington Fire Department and Independence Mall.

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The FBI could go to Creekwood, Jervay, or any of the other "hoods" and have a real active shooter exercise.

Most any street on the north side will give plenty pf opportunity for practice. they may need to take a 105 Howitzer for back up.