NewsLocal NewsCleveland Metro


Church members come together for active shooter training in response to Pittsburgh attack

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 23:22:26-05

CLEVELAND — Tuesday night, hundreds of church goers forced themselves to wonder--what if?

"You hear about it happening, but you don't think about it happening at your church," said John Calabrese.

Folks from all backgrounds and religions flooded the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, to hear from the FBI, local law enforcement and others, about what do in the event of an active shooter, like running--hiding or fighting.

"Where to go, in the event that you're a victim of a hate crime, if you see something suspicious, to whom to report it," said Justin Herdnman, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Herdnman said he wants attendees to share what they've learned.

"All that information that we covered tonight, we know that it will be spread throughout the broader community by the people here," he said.

"I was just impressed and inspired that so many people in the Cleveland area had the same interests that we did," said church goer Mary Pat Frey.

"It is because of some of the events that have taken place around the country, but also we realized we didn't have a plan in place and we needed to."

The folks at the JCC put this event on for the community after 11 people were killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Since then churches around the country have been stepping up security.

"We're really all in this together and here we are, we're together learning how to cope with this craziness," said Anita Gray from the Anti Defamation League.