Members of the Edmond Police Department participated in a pre-planned active shooter exercise overnight at Quail Springs Mall, the FBI announced.
FBI Special Agent Martinus McConnell said the public may see law enforcement activity beginning at 1 a.m. until 7 a.m. Tuesday at the mall, at 2501 W. Memorial Road in Oklahoma City. McConnell said citizens were asked to avoid the mall during that period.
McConnell said the exercise was not in response to any specific current threat.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security partnered with members of state and local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and the private sector to execute the final phase of a complex mall attack initiative developed to promote preparedness.
Participating agencies included: FBI Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Edmond Police Department, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma City Fire Department, EMSA and Quail Springs Mall security personnel.
“Exercises are an essential part of assessing response efforts and making improvements,” McConnell said. “Collaboration between the federal government, first responders and private sector partners during such exercises is essential to ensuring a united and prepared security posture during attacks in public venues.”
McConnell said the complex mall attack exercise series is part of the FBI’s desire to share information and work with public safety and private sector partners to improve threat response capabilities and identify best practices and lessons learned.
“The FBI continues to urge the American public to remain vigilant,” McConnell said.
In keeping with the DHS’ “If you see something, say something” campaign, the public is encouraged to report suspicious persons, packages or activity to appropriate public safety officials to include venue security, local law enforcement and/or the FBI, McConnell said.
The FBI has a page at fbi.gov as a resource for law enforcement and the public to learn more about critical incidents involving mass casualties.
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