PALMDALE – If you are near the Antelope Valley Mall this Thursday morning, you may hear simulated gunshots and loud explosions. Don’t be alarmed. It is most likely an active shooter drill, according to a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
On Thursday, July 10th, the Palmdale Sheriff Station has joined efforts with the Antelope Valley Mall to conduct an Active Shooter exercise.
The exercise has been designed to meet both agencies’ training requirements. This training exercise is a field exercise utilizing assets from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the Antelope Valley Mall, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and American Medical Response (AMR).
The purpose of this drill is to test our training and lead us to develop an improvement plan for future training which ultimately will prepare us in the event we are faced with an actual active shooter. All participating agencies will be working together and playing a role in this large scale exercise.
Between the hours 5:00am to 7:30am, residents surrounding the Antelope Valley Mall may hear simulated gunshots as well as loud explosions. We apologize for the inconvenience; however, this type of drill must be conducted to keep the citizens of the Antelope Valley safe.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this exercise, please contact Deputy Jodi Wolfe at 661-272-2520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.