There was gunplay at the Walmart in Hobart, Indiana last night. Hobart would be a smallish town -- except it is embedded in the densely-packed cluster of cities and towns at the edge of Chicago. It's far enough away that the shooting stands out from the background level of Greater Chicago's violence.
The point I find of particular notability is not the shooting itself or the possible reasons for it, but the response: store employees had recently received active shooter training and acted on what they had learned, leading store patrons away from the danger.
Violence happens; while some people decry the need for such training, it is one of the few things that definitely makes a difference. Knowing what to do, even just thinking about what might happen before it happens, helps people make a better response to a terrible situation.
There have been no fatalities reported from the shooting so far.
2 months ago