Personal protection expert: Fear unnecessary, planning important after latest mass shootings

WICHITA, Kan. Two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, likely has many taking a few extra moments to monitor their surroundings in public settings.

Eyewitness News Personal Protection Expert Joe Schillaci says people shouldn't be afraid to go out in public, but now is the time to make sure you have a plan in case there ever is a mass shooting in your area.

"It's just so frustrating as a citizen of this county that this continues and will continue," Schilaci says. "It's just very, very frustrating."

That's the sentiment of many across the U.S. following the weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio. Schillaci says it's all he's thought about the past couple days. He says these are not isolated incidents.

"But I felt 10 years ago that our concern for domestic terrorism was to me a bigger concern, and that if we didn't get a handle on it 10 years ago, we would be dealing with what we're dealing with today," he says.

Both shootings, in El Paso and Dayton, happened in public places: one at a Walmart, the other at a popular bar district.

Despite the nature of the weekend shooting, with innocent crowds targeted, Schillaci says people shouldn't fear stepping out in public.

"Absolutely not, and let me tell you why. If the public is afraid to go out and live a normal life, then we have to give in to terrorism," he says.

Schillaci says people should be aware of their surroundings and have a plan in the unlikely event they find themselves in an active-shooter situation.

"The first things I always suggest is to run, run as fast as you can. Get away from that danger, whether it be gunfire, whether it be a knife, whatever it is."

He says hiding is the second course of action if you can't run. Fighting is the last resort.

"If your're caught in a situation where you can't run or hide and you have to fight, you need to fight for your life," Schillaci says. "Throw whatever you can throw, do whatever you can do to survive, to live."

Eyewitness News also asked Schillaci if he thinks public places like stores, bars and restaurants need to implement more safety measures.

He says every place and every person in that place should ave a safety plan for an active shooter, similar to a fire drill. But as far as security tools like metal detectors go, he does not think it needs to go that far.