LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Law enforcement officials from across Douglas County were on high alert Wednesday (5/23), but their effort to take down two active shooters, was just a drill.
About 70 law enforcement officers from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and surrounding communities participated in an emergency management preparedness exercise.
The four-hour drill had officers faced with two actors playing the roles of active shooters. The situation placed the shooters in a residence hall, where several played roles being injured or killed in the exercise.
KU Police officials say the whole law enforcement community must be prepared. They say a situation like this could happen, and could impact hundreds or thousands of students and faculty. Officials say they learn what works, and what they can improve from training exercises. KU officials say Wednesday's drill was the largest scale the university has done to date.