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Police Hold Active Shooter Drill at Atlanta LGBTQ+ Nightclub

Stop the Bleed training

After the tragedy at Club Q, LGBTQ+ spaces around the nation are preparing for the worst.

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In the wake of the mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, some LGBTQ+ nightclubs in other cities are preparing for what to do if they face such a situation.

For instance, the Atlanta Police Department and the Mayor's Division of LGBTQ Affairs held an active shooter and "stop the bleed" training at Future, a club in that city, TV station WAGA reports. It took place Monday, the one-month anniversary of the Club Q tragedy, in whic five people were killed and more than 20 injured.

"The thought that we would even have to offer this training is concerning, but we want to be prepared," Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum told the station.

There have been threats against LGBTQ+ spaces in Atlanta. Just days after the Club Q shooting, a man was arrested for making terroristic threats on two bars in the city, Heretic and Felix's. Chase Staub was taken into custody over Thanksgiving.

"The community reached out to us and said, 'We are concerned. We believe something is here that could be a threat.' And we moved quickly," Schierbaum said.

If people are in the presence of a shooter, they have a few options, he told WAGA. These include evacuating if possible, putting up a barricade, and even confronting the shooter. The latter proved effective at Club Q.

At the Atlanta event, workers from Grady Memorial Hospital showed attendees how to take care of wounded people; among other things, they offered tourniquet demonstrations. Grady is the region's only Level 1 trauma center, meaning it "is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury - from prevention through rehabilitation," according to the American Trauma Society.

"We know training like this saves lives, and to know what to do when a worst-case scenario happens is key," Schierbaum said.

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Trudy Ring

Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.