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Statement from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey

Monday, October 02, 2017 | 10:03am

NASHVILLE - “My deepest condolences are with the victims and their families who suffered from the horrific event in Las Vegas.  No one should fall victim at the hands of a person who wants to cause such harm and tragedy. This active shooter executed a calculated and terrifying plan that resulted in mass casualties.

It is very hard for us to understand why a person would want to cause such tragedy.  We must prepare ourselves for these types of events that are becoming more common.  I want to remind our citizens that if you see or hear of something that does not look or feel normal and seems suspicious, report the information to your local law enforcement. Our department offers free active shooter training for groups in hopes of educating people on what to do if you are involved in an active shooter situation. I encourage our citizens to take advantage of the training and prepare for the unfortunate. 

Again, I extend my prayers to all who experienced this unconceivable event.”

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.