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Run, hide fight: Viral video prepares victims for shooting sprees

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What would you do if someone started shooting in the building where you work, or where you live? A video that's gone viral on You Tube has three specific suggestions.

A $180,000 federal grant paid for the video.

It includes a dramatization that is all too familiar. Music plays, guy pulls out gun, fires and a woman screams.

"Your survival may depend on whether or not you have a plan," the video says. "The plan doesn't have to be complicated. There are three things you could do to make a difference: Run. Hide. Fight."

Arnette Heintze thinks the video's a good idea. He won an award in 1983 as a rookie Secret Service agent, pulling to safety a woman who'd been shot in a restaurant. He then persuaded the shooter to surrender.

Most folks, though, don't have any training to prepare them for such a scenario - a big reason Heintze liked the video.

"If you encounter a very dramatic violent shooting situation like this, you have to decide, ‘Am I going to survive?'" Heintze said. "A lot of the survival instincts involve knowing what you want to do."

When FOX Chicago News showed it to people on the street Monday evening, several said confronting a shooter wasn't something they'd ever considered.

Chris Sharkey said he didn't know how he'd react to a situation like this.

"You'd think that'd be the thing you'd just do," Sharkey said.

"I think it's something to think about," Kathy Behunin said. "You need to think about your life and situation. But also it can inflame emotions. I'm 50-50 on it."

The video was produced in Houston by that city's office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

They posted it online a few days ago, but said it was conceived after the three-day long terrorist shootout in Mumbai, India, that killed 160.

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