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    Active Shooter Workshop in the Castro Held Just Hours Before Mass Shooting in Monterey Park, CA

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    Castro Community on Patrol (CCOP), in conjunction with Community Patrol Services (CPS), hosted the second Active Shooter Workshop at The Eagle Tavern on Saturday, January 21. The event took place just hours before a mass shooting occurred in Monterey Park, CA, at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio during a Lunar New Year celebration. The tragedy marked the deadliest mass shooting in the history of Los Angeles County.

    Participants at the workshop in San Francisco included owners and managers of queer nightclubs, bars, and related businesses.
    The training included introductory safety and security concepts and recommended preparation steps as part of normal day to day operations or events. Among the recommendations offered were to maintain a visible security team, to check each customer for weapons before they enter, to watch for out-of-the-ordinary behavior or circumstances, and to have a detailed response plan.

    During the Monterey Park incident, 26-year-old computer coder and employee Brandon Tsay at the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio fended off the gunman who had left the Star Ballroom site and entered this second business a short distance away in the city of Alhambra. CCOP and CPS encourage all local businesses to have plans in place should such an incident take place yet again. Additional safety awareness classes, this time geared for the general public and concerning what to do in case of an active shooter/terrorist threat, are to be held soon. For updates:

    Published on January 26, 2023