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Baseball game canceled due to school shooting drill

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WESTON (WAOW)- There was some panic at a little league baseball game in Weston Tuesday when someone overheard on a scanner that there was a school shooting, but it was just a police drill.

The Everest Metro Police Department started an active shooter training session last night and is continuing the training Wednesday. Officials say people at the game, at least for a time, believed there was a gunman nearby.

A witness tells us around 8:30 p.m. little league officials decided to send families home from a baseball game at Kennedy Park.

Some information about a gun at the school was overheard on a scanner or smartphone app.

Some families rushed to their cars to get away.

The witness, who declined an interview on camera, says some people were angry about the confusion.

Police say they tried to inform the community prior to the training.

"We notified the adjacent properties. Our training instructors went door to door for some locations, if nobody was home they would leave a flier in advance prior to the training occurring," said Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks.

Police say they do try to make it clear in their radio traffic that a training session with mock violence is underway.

"We start every scenario training session with this is a training exercise, training exercise only on everest metro channel and then we end the session the same way announcing that this is a training exercise," said Sparks.

The witness who talked to Newsline 9 says a police dispatcher was at the game watching her child.

She told little league officials that the reported shooting was part of a police training session.

The game did resume but some people had already left.

Chief Sparks says the two-day mock school shooting is important training.

He says it gets officers familiar with the school's layout should a real emergency occur.

The training continues at the school until 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.


 

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