GILLETTE — Campbell County Health practiced its response to an active shooter Tuesday by having a woman walk into the emergency room at about 8 a.m., point her finger at someone and mimic firing.

Staff then reacted as if the threat were real, securing doors, sheltering in place, contacting the police and testing out communication to the media and to the public through phone calls and a private Facebook group.

“With the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, the time of our drill is unfortunate, however, it has been planned for a couple months,” spokeswoman Dane Joselyn said in a statement Monday.

CCH practices emergency preparedness each month, but Tuesday was the first time in five years that staff acted out responses to a code silver, which is when someone enters a building with a weapon, fires shots or takes a hostage.

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