FBI: The places active shooters are most likely to target
Schools, places of worship, and large gatherings aren't the main targets for active shooters. According to
, 45.6 percent of active shooter incidents that unfolded in the United States between 2000 and 2013 happened at places of commerce, like businesses both open to and closed to pedestrian traffic, and shopping malls.
Just 24.4 percent of cases happened in schools, only 10 percent of cases unfolded on government properties, and a slim 3.8 percent happened in places of worship.
The eye-opening information took center stage on Tuesday, when WVLT News Anchor Amanda Hara moderated a panel discussion held by the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber President Julie Blaylock used those numbers to open the breakfast discussion on active shootings.
More than 100 people, mostly representatives of local businesses, attended the breakfast speaker series to hear a panel of experts discuss the topic.
The panel included Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler, retired FBI Agent Ricky Hill, owner of His Security Scott Brockamp, and Smoky Mountain Emergency Services founder Sam Roche.
They answered a series of questions regarding the best ways for businesses to protect themselves and prevent active shootings.
Each expert shared a unique perspective on prevention and response. Sheriff Spangler urged people to learn how to identify exit points and become more aware of their surroundings.
Scott Brockamp, co-owner of His Security, which offers residential and business security systems and consulting, said businesses that limit entry and exit points can gain better control of their security.
Sam Roche, the founder of Smoky Mountain Emergency Services, which provides medical and tactical training, highlighted the importance of first aid training for staff. He said most active shooting cases end before emergency personnel can arrive, leaving first aid up to survivors.
Sheriff Tom Spangler said organizations looking to enhance security can contact the sheriff's office for guidance.