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‘Active shooter’ training Sunday night at Eastern Hills Mall

Local law enforcement is holding an “active shooter” training exercise from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday in Eastern Hills Mall . The tactical training will begin after the mall closes in order to not disrupt businesses in and around the site.

The training is closed to the public and media, but the Erie County Sheriff’s Office wanted to make sure the public knows about it in order to avoid any panic or emergency calls to police agencies. The area around the mall will be cordoned off and signage in the area will alert residents and visitors of the training.

An active shooter is defined as someone killing or attempting to kill people in a confined, populated area and the training is designed to plan a coordinated response to protect shopping centers, schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers and other public gathering sites.

Participants in Sunday’s training are: the Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York State Police, Amherst Police, New York State Office of Emergency Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Town of Clarence Emergency Services, Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy, Harris Hill Fire Company and various Town of Clarence fire companies.