Police swarm Mooresville school during emergency drill

Dozens of police officers swarmed Northwood Elementary School in Mooresville, Wednesday afternoon, as a part of a large-scale emergency drill.

Mooresville, Ind.

Dozens of police officers swarmed Northwood Elementary School in Mooresville, Wednesday afternoon, as a part of a large-scale emergency drill.

School officials are preparing for the worst, in case a gunman ever enters their school.

Officers were told there was a gunman inside the school, however they did not know there were actually two suspects. Within minutes, officers began pulling out several kids who were acting like they were injured. Around the same time, they also found both gunmen.

"It was probably more three and a half, four and a half minutes before the perpetrators were found," said Mooresville Police Chief Tim Viles. "I would say that's normal."

Fifth-grader Samuel Maze played a student who had been shot, wearing clothes with red dye to look like blood.

"(It was) kind of traumatizing, kind of fun, kind of scary," he said.

His classmates were evacuated through a side door and bussed to a nearby church where they were re-united with their parents.

"I think that it's sad that they have to do these kinds of drills in today's time, but it's good that they do it," said Amy Cordray on her way to pick up her daughter.

The goal of the drill was to catch mistakes and learn important lessons for the future. Chief Viles told Fox59 he had the advantage of having all his officers on scene at the same time. He knows that won't be the case in a real situation and he'll need to learn to adapt.

"It was a problem in Columbine. It was a problem at Martinsville. It's a problem here in Mooresville," he said. "We've got to be more realistic that officers are not going to arrive 10, 15 at a time."

Chief Viles will have more chances to learn as the school wants to have more drills.

"I want law enforcement in my building as much as possible, so that they're familiar with it," said Northwood Elementary Principal Tricia Ferguson.

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