MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Every second counts in an active shooter situation. Fire and Police crews are trained for that. The emergency dispatch recordings shed light on what exactly happened in those crucial moments.
“Shots fired, Madison School”
This was the first notice given to dispatch right after police say a student started shooting inside the Madison Jr/Sr. High School cafeteria. Police say that was at about 11:18 in the morning.
The school resource officer was already on scene.
“Not sure on the victims, there were several of them down in the cafeteria. Staff was attending to them,” he said.
Within seconds more police officers were in route. Their main focus was finding the gunman.
“Suspect dressed in black heading East to a Field.”
About 1 minute after the shooting, Madison Township Fire and Life were dispatched.
Medics responded right away. According to the radio dispatch recording, they were on scene in less than 2 minutes from getting the initial call. Care flight was put on standby.
It took those medics less than 5 minutes after their initial call to evaluate the injuries and call care flight. The first helicopter arrived about 20 minutes later.
Within 30 minutes after the shooting, the suspect was found and the students who were shot were on their way to the hospital.
Both police and school leaders say they were happy with their response to the situation and say they used their training.