Local law enforcement train for school shooter

While teachers and parents get ready for the beginning of the new school year, local law enforcement did some preparing of their own, holding a four day active shooter training exercise at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island.

Officers trained in a school so if the time ever comes when there's a real school shooting, they'd be ready.

"The concept today is just basically where there's different agencies working together to how to stop an active shooter threat in a timely matter," said Sergeant Gary Todd with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.

Todd added that the first step once officers arrive is to save as many people as they can. The next step is to gather information.

Todd said responding to an active school shooter requires a quick response time. A typical active shooter situation last only a few minutes, he said.

"Usually it's about 3 minutes to start to finish with an active shooter and today's goal is to get them better educated as far as how to immediately stop the threat and save as many victims as possible," Todd said.

Officers also went through a number of days of classroom training.

School resources officers, the State Law Enforcement Division, the Georgetown Police Department, the Pawleys Island Police Department and the Horry County Police Department all participated in the exercise.

In 2010, there was an active shooter situation at Socastee High School where a student brought a gun to school and shot and wounded a resource officer. That student was sentenced in 2011 to six years.