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Military, law enforcement train for incidents like Navy Yard shooting

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The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has agencies across the country taking a closer look at their own security.

At least 13 people, including the gunman have been killed after a shooting Monday at the Washington Naval Yard. Authorities have identified the shooter.

Authorities with the Redstone Arsenal say they are prepared if something happens there. Training for events like the one at the Naval Yard take place every day. Crews also do active shooter drills and provide awareness training for those who work on the arsenal.

"Our hearts always go out to people who are victims of these types of things, whether it is the workers themselves or the responders who have to deal with these types of things and get injured in the course of responding to these things and trying to resolve them. It is always something that tugs at your emotions," said Capt. Bobby York with Redstone Special Response Team. 

The Arsenal plans on using the tragic event as a learning tool to make the installation even safer.

"We look at the reviews and the reports that are done afterwards and look to see if there is something we can improve on in our processes and procedures," said York.

Police in Athens are also reeling from the news of the shooting. Police Chief Floyd Johnson said they are trained to handle situations like mass shootings, but the news of what happened in D.C. is never easy to hear.

"Our first thoughts are with the victims and their families and those officers that are on the scene that have to work through the situation to try and bring it to an end," he said.

Johnson said every situation is different, but the first thing they do is help those who are hurt and try to isolate the offender. They will use whatever resources, whether it is surveillance videos or by standers.

"The eye witnesses are an invaluable resource and being able to take with them," he said. "And any video anyone might have, that type of communication things of that nature are tremendous. A lot of times people don't think that what they saw was relevant and it ends up being one of the most important pieces of info out there."

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