It is now time to acknowledge that a five shot snub nosed revolver is insufficient off-duty armament. I know it’s easier to carry and you can drop it in your pocket but when going up against a committed spree killer at the local high school basketball game who has probably armed himself with multiple firearms, it is simply not enough. Carry a duty sized firearm off-duty with at least two spare reloads. Once again, it is not paranoia when the threat really exists.
As you take your seat at the game, concert or other event, take the time to reconnoiter the area. Entrances, exits, solid pieces of cover as well as a quick plan of what you might do. Certainly the threat will begin from the entrance as most spree killers arrive and attack they don’t sit patiently and then assault.
Also be cognizant that on-duty LEO’s will be responding and the danger of fratricide really does exist. Badges should be displayed if possible and verbal shouts of “Police Officer!” repeatedly made.
If the shooting is over and it is possible, re-holster and get your badge out. Expect to be treated like a suspect, including proned out and handcuffed, until your identity is confirmed.
Have you had a conversation with your family members about what they should do? If they are with you at the time of the incident, they should move away from you as you will be attracting gunfire from the suspect. Their role is to exit and communicate the threat and your identity to police. If they are not with you they should run away from the sight of a man with a gun as well as the sounds of the gunfire. Hunkering down or hiding is a poor choice and should only be done when running away is not possible. Departing the scene is best tactical option for unarmed civilians.
These violent cowards do not want to go out in a blaze of glory and will frequently commit suicide when confronted by armed police or citizens. That’s okay by me, whether we shoot them or they shoot themselves, game over.
The suspect by virtue of his attack has thrust you headlong into this maelstrom of violence. Your job is to aggressively end it.