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How to Protect Yourself in Crowds

Posted on in Catastrophic Injuries

CA injury lawyerPeople throughout the Bay Area are still reeling in the aftermath of a recent mass shooting in nearby Gilroy, which left several people dead and numerous others suffering serious injuries. Unfortunately, these types of violent incidents have become increasingly common, both in California and throughout the nation. Our hearts go out to the victims and all those impacted by this tragedy. As concerned citizens and proud residents of the local community, our San Jose personal injury attorneys want you to be aware of steps you can take to protect yourself against these situations.

Mass Shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is something residents throughout San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area typically look forward to every year. Unfortunately, this year’s event was marred by gun violence. As it was winding to a close after three days worth of festivities, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing three people and leaving 19 others with serious injuries.

The 19-year-old shooter was a former local resident who had moved to Nevada. He is reported to have made posts linking him to Neo-Nazi movements in the days prior to the festival. After opening fire on the crowd, he was killed in a gun battle with police. Investigators report two children and an adult suffered fatal gunshot injuries. Additional victims were taken for treatment to St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

Protecting Yourself in Crowded Situations

Sadly, shootings have become increasingly common at public events. It raises realistic concerns regarding how to prevent these acts of violence and how to protect yourself if you find yourself involved in this situation.

One of the first steps is informing local law enforcement of any suspicions you may have. Threats made in person or via social media should be reported immediately, as should incidents involving individuals who may be stockpiling guns and ammunition or acting out in other dangerous ways. To protect yourself at events, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers these tips:

  • Make note of all exits and entrances upon your arrival.
  • Pay close attention to where security guards are stationed.
  • Stay aware of the environment and alert to any signs of danger.

In the event of an active shooter or other act of violence, DHS advises that your first move should be to evacuate the area. If this is not possible, look for a safe place to hide. As a last resort, you may be forced to confront the shooter. In this situation, look for improvised weapons and items you can throw to incapacitate them, which can buy you and others additional time.

Contact a San Jose Attorney Today for Help

The Jachimowicz Law Group, we care about the safety of people throughout our community. If we can be of any service to you or your loved ones, we encourage you to call 408-246-5500 or contact our skilled San Jose personal injury attorneys online for a free consultation today.




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