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Deputies Conduct Shooting Drill At Local Mall

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Cerritos, CA -

(FOX 11) One day after the New Jersey mall shooting, the LA County Sheriff's Department conducted a drill at the Cerritos mall. The scenario is an active shooter at the mall.

It was quite a scene to witness even if it was just for practice.

Deputies wearing masks and with their guns drawn stormed into the mall. They had received information of a shooter inside.  As they approached one of the doors,  two people came out. Deputies had to decide if they were  suspects or simply innocent shoppers. They let them go.  Moments later, the LA County Sheriff's Swat team arrived in a helicopter.  One by one, they dropped down ready to take control of whatever is going on inside the mall.

This drill which was conducted by the  LA County Sheriff's Department and the LA County fire is all about safety and being prepared for any kind of attack.  At least 80 personnel from the Sheriff's department participated in today's event.  They do these type of drills on a regular basis.  Captain Keith Swensson says it's good to be prepared for anything. His advice if you're ever caught in a dangerous situation is to run away from the action. He says, "If you ever hear  any gunshots you want to leave. It's important to get away." 

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