Stoneham shares strategies to survive active shooter events

by Audrey Thomasson

KILMARNOCK—Two active shooter incidents which resulted in fatalities this weekend—one on a Las Vegas bus, the other in a Cincinnati nightclub—spotlight the need to be prepared should you find yourself in an active shooter situation.

A Lancaster High School graduate who went on to become an FBI agent was back in town last weekend to offer tips on ways to survive such attacks. Kendall Stoneham was the guest speaker for the Kilmarnock Museum’s annual meeting at the Hayden Building at Dream Fields.

The former agent spoke on the increasing number of active shooter incidents over the past decade. She noted there were 160 active shooter incidents in 2016 resulting in 486 deaths and 557 woundings.

An active shooter incident is when one or more people are actively engaged in trying to kill people in an open or enclosed area, she said.

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