Every Second Saves Lives
In each of these identified tragic events, utilization of the AIMS System would have significantly reduced casualties as illustrated by the following simulations.
Sandy Hook Elementary School (Newtown, Conn.)
On the morning of December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza went to Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, Connecticut, where he shot his way into the building with a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle and continued on a spree of violence that left twenty children and six adults dead and two adults wounded. The shooter then took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 20, 10 mm handgun. From the time the doors of the school were locked at 9:30 a.m. until the time it is believed the shooter killed himself at 9:40:03, fewer than 11 minutes had elapsed.
Washington Navy Yard (Washington D.C.)
At 0744 on the morning of September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis, an employee of The Experts, Inc., drove through the 6th Street Gate onto the Washington Navy Yard (WNY). He used his valid Common Access Card to gain access to the base. He parked in Building 28, a garage across the street from Building 197, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters. At 0802, Alexis entered Building 197, where he had been tasked to perform updates to classified computers, carrying a concealed, sawed-off shotgun. Alexis used a valid temporary access badge to go through the electronic badge reader and past the guard station. He proceeded to the fourth floor and entered a restroom. At 0815, he emerged from the restroom carrying the sawed-off shotgun and began shooting. The initial report of an active shooter was made at 0816. Law enforcement forces from the WNY and external agencies responded quickly and effectively to contain and eliminate the threat. Alexis was shot and killed at 0925. Before he was stopped, he had killed twelve personnel and wounded four more (Navy, 2013).
Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Virginia)
At 7:15 on a snowy April morning, a lone gunman entered West Ambler Johnston Dormitory, proceeded to Room 4040, and killed two students. Two hours and 25 minutes later, the same gunman, armed with two semi-automatic pistols entered Norris Hall and fired 174 rounds killing 33 and seriously injuring 17 students and faculty members in a terrifying 11-minute rampage spanning five classrooms. Although 14 campus security officers are on duty at the time of the incident, and the local police department, consisting of 56 officers, was located 0.7 miles from the incident, authorities were helpless to interdict the shooter for the entire duration of the incident that lasted two hours and 36 minutes. As the gunman continues to hunt and fire upon new victims throughout the halls and classrooms of Norris Hall, students and faculty had no means to stop the massacre.
Charlie Hebdo (Paris, France)
On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30 local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with AK47 rifles and other weapons, they killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, who took responsibility for the attack. Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region, where a further five were killed and 11 wounded