Police officers conduct a manhunt after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2, 2015. (photo: Mike Blake/Reuters/Landov)
Martin Kaste | NPR | Reader Supported News | December 6, 2015
n the day of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., the city’s SWAT team was training for an active shooter situation just minutes away from the scene of the massacre.
“We were just working through scenarios when this call went out,” says Lt. Travis Walker, the SWAT team commander.
Walker says they’d decided to train on Wednesday in part to learn some lessons from the deadly shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. This response isn’t unique to San Bernardino; in the weeks since the terrorist attacks in Paris, local law enforcement agencies around the country have been preparing for the possibility of more challenging attacks. In San Bernardino on Wednesday morning, Walker was running his officers through scenarios with volunteers playing the role of shooters.