An Active Harmer/Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. More recently, the term was updated to “Active Harmer” because, while the individual’s intention is the same,
the weapon used may not be a firearm (e.g., hatchet, knife, vehicle, etc.).
Active Harmer situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the person levying the attack and mitigate harm to victims.
How to respond when an Active Harmer is in your vicinity
To respond to an Active Harmer, quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life and constantly evaluate your options of Run, Hide, and Fight. Remember that visitors are more likely to follow the lead of students, faculty, and staff during an active harmer situation.