Police departments train for active shooter incident at West County Center

WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KPLR) - Police in the St. Louis area are practicing the best ways to keep you safe at area malls.

An active shooter drill was held Sunday at West County Mall, just in case an emergency arises.  A few months ago, outside a busy shopping district in Germany, investigators responded to an incident were a teenager killed nine people and wounded 16 others.  The lone attacker later died of a self- inflicted gunshot wound.

Saturday night a man wearing a private security company uniform stabbed various people at a Minnesota mall before an off-duty police officer shot and killed the suspect.  None of the victim’s injuries are considered life threatening

Detectives throughout Missouri say there`s a growing concern across the country at area schools and malls to understand the risk of an active shooter incident and how to prevent such an event.  “We can train and train, we just have to use the situation that comes up, but if you don’t train at all, you won’t be ready for anything,” said Chief Krumm with the Des Peres Police Department.

Sunday various police agencies from across the state in coordination with the FBI conducted active shooter training   at West County Center, “It seemed to be too common place in occurrence cases in the United States. Therefore training ahead of time will make it better when the real event happens,” said Chief Krumm

Detectives say it's only the first step. The chief says various training events are held throughout the year to prepare and try and prevent incidents from happening.