Phone App, Classes Try to Ensure Safety During Active Shooter Situations

October 04, 2017 12:23 AM

The latest mass shooting in the United States again has Minnesotans on edge about their personal security. In the hours after, a local gun store offered a free class to teach people how to protect themselves in an "active shooter" situation.

The class quickly filled up.


"The response was overwhelming," said Randy Ferris, of Stock and Barrel in Chanhassen. "There's a lot of reasons for people to learn this information so they can get themselves and their families out of harm's way."

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The first class filled up with 63 people so quickly after the Las Vegas shootings, they added two more free classes on Saturday that are also nearly filled.

A local company has also developed a new smart phone app called "Active Alert." It's a real-time "threat reporting system" for businesses, schools or churches. If there's an active threat, the app can be activated and alert everyone to the location of the threat on a map.

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"We don't want to live through fear, but we also want to be aware of where we're at, what we're doing, who we're talking to," said Kevin Grundstrom, CEO of Hedge Tactical Solutions, developer of the new app.

The "Active Alert" system also has the ability to integrate with security cameras at a school or business, so law enforcement can see the threat in real time.

The company has a patent pending on the system and is currently marketing the app. The company is also getting feedback from law enforcement on how best it can be utilized.



Tom Hauser

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