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(JUST A DRILL.  Students at Holy Family University portray shooting victims as an officer with a rifle portrays an "active shooter" during an emergency preparedness drill at the school's NE Philadelphia campus.  Photo by John McDevitt)

(JUST A DRILL. Students at Holy Family University portray shooting victims as an officer with a rifle portrays an “active shooter” during an emergency preparedness drill at the school’s NE Philadelphia campus. Photo by John McDevitt)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Holy Family University’s school of nursing hosted an emergency preparedness drill on its Northeast Philadelphia campus today.

The scenario was an “active shooter” in a hospital.

Graduating nursing students posed as hospital patients, hospital workers, and even gunshot victims.  A gunman portrayed by a police officer stormed through the hallway, firing his weapon (albeit with blanks).

“Once the guy came in, I had to scream and tell police, ‘He went over there!’ ” student Mwasnoh Jebboe tells KYW Newsradio, explaining his role.

Members of SWAT, the FBI , the Philadelphia Fire Department, and Homeland Security were among those playing themselves in the training exercise.

(A Philadelphia police officer wields a fake weapon as Holy Family students take part in an emergency preparedness drill.  Photo by John McDevitt)

(A Philadelphia police officer wields a fake weapon as Holy Family students take part in an emergency preparedness drill. Photo by John McDevitt)

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“In order to be truly prepared, we know we are going to have to work together,” says Philadelphia Police chief inspector Joe Sullivan, “so in advance it’s critical that we train together so, when we deploy, we do it as a team.”

It’s the second time Holy Family University has held an emergency preparedness drill of this sort.

 

 

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