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6 steps to take if you are caught in an active shooter situation

Active shooter training sessions are available in Columbus. (WSYX/WTTE)

The shooting of five people, including a U.S. Congressman, on a Virginia baseball field, have security experts urging people to know what to do, in case they need to run for cover when a shooter opens fire.

"Run as fast as you can," said former Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott. "You have to be cognizant of where you are, do not run towards a fence, that will pin you in."

Scott says thick trees and concrete buildings can be good places to take cover; if you try and hide behind a car, there is only one place that can block a bullet.

"You want to get to the front part of the car, where the engine block is," said Scott, bullets can travel thru the back of the car and the doors."

Do not run in a straight line towards safety, zig-zag your route to stay out of the gunman's fire.

"if you can run between a tree, around a car, vary the path, so you can survive the incident," says Scott.

The former Sheriff said people should not hide in groups together because they become easy targets for a shooter.

When Scott was Sheriff, his office created the "Civilian Response Active Shooter Event" (CRASE), a seminar that educates people on what to do during a shooting.

The program will be held this Saturday at the Columbus Police Academy on Hague Rd. Signups are available online.

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