Augustana officials teamed up with local law enforcement, first responders and more than 50 volunteers to bring to life a mass casualty situation on the Rock Island campus.
"Once it started, you're kind of in shock. You really don't know what to do, and you're thinking, we're trying to be prepared for this because we knew this was happening but really we didn't because we had to figure out where the shooter was," said volunteer Diane Ducey.
Volunteers like Diane Ducey were in classrooms throughout the building when the fake shots were fired.
Police responded quickly and sirens sounded across campus. College officials sent text notifications and updates were posted on the Augustana website.
Police had to find and subdue three gunmen in the drill.
2 of the mock gunmen were killed in the scenario after a shootout with police, while one escaped and was captured in the quad area on campus.
Fire and medical crews were also on scene to treat and transport the acting "victims" to several area hospitals. The drill gives first responders and school officials a chance to practice handling this type of tough situation.
"Our students are our top priority and we did this drill to ensure that we can try and keep this campus the safe place that it has always been," Keri Rursch of Augustana Public Relations.
Evaluators were also at the drill to observe police and fire crews and assess their performances.
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