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Office shooting prompts fears about workplace security

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It's a nightmare scenario but imagine for a moment what it would be like if a crazed-gunman walked into your business. Out of the blue, how would you handle the instant fear and panic?

"If it were happening it would be easy to panic," said Kathy Queen.

That type of terrifying scenario has played out all across the country, from places like Columbine to Sandy Hook, nowhere is immune.

Closer to home, an office shooting in Largo Wednesday left an entire business complex in fear. Fortunately, in that case the shooter only shot himself.

So what do you do when chaos breaks loose and your life is on the line?

"Whatever you do, do not freeze," said Craig Gundy.

Gundy is an expert with Critical Intervention Services. He says if you can't quickly get out or if the exits are blocked, barricading yourself in a safe spot is the next best option.

"The threat as it were is looking for targets of opportunity, those targets of opportunity are people that area easily access so being behind a locked door could save your life," he said.

Keep your cell phone handy and be ready to call police. He says never assume someone else will do it.

"In reality people don't come and tell you what to do, you have to take it upon yourself for your own safety," Gundy said.

And in a worst case scenario, that may mean fighting for your life. In that instance, Gundy says give it everything you've got.

"If you have to defend yourself by physically trying to disarm an attacker or stop an attacker should be done with all force and ability you have because your life is on the line," he said.

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