Murrieta, CA – Route 91Harvest Festival shooting survivor claims ALIVE active shooter survival training course is the reason she is alive today. Festival-goer, Liz, recalls the horrific evening where she and her boyfriend were enjoying the country music festival when the sound of gunshots created an atmosphere of panic all around. Liz describes the situation as one where many people around her were stricken with fear, unable to move and several were forming dogpiles on the ground. In a moment of stress, she remembered the ALIVE Active Shooter Survival Training workshop that her previous employer had required her to participate in years before.
In that moment, she remembered the words of MPS Security owner and class instructor, Michael Julian, “A moving target is harder to hit than a still one.” While all around her festival-goers were stricken with fear, Liz says she recalled information she had stored in her mind years prior and never thought about again, until that very moment. The moment she says saved her life.
“I told my boyfriend, ‘We need to run. We cannot stay here. When he stops to reload this next
time I am running!’ He was hesitant at first and I think he could tell that I was running either way.
And so he grabbed my hand and we ran as fast as we could, stayed low, stopped and hid while
shots were fired and sprinted in between.”
Once arrived safely back to her hotel, she felt the need to contact Michael Julian to thank him for what she had learned in the class. In her email, she wrote, “I truly believe taking the ALIVE training is the reason why I made the decision to run without any hesitation, which was what ultimately saved us. Had we stayed there we may have gotten shot, had we hesitated longer then we could have been trampled. I know I’m just one of many that have had your training course, but I did want to let you know that the reason I am alive is because of what I learned from you.”
The ALIVE training is a 2-hour active shooter workshop designed to educate, inform and prepare individuals who may come in contact with an active shooter. With increasing public violence employees and civilians are being vigilant about potential violence that they may come in contact with. According to the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Many additional cases are never reported. Between disgruntled employees, hateful defiance and unstable individuals, violence continues to be an on-going theme in the media. While the arguments of increased gun control laws and second amendment rights are top of mind for Americans, being proactive and prepared is necessary.