AP361204162The counterterrorism unit of the New York Police Department shot up various pieces of office furniture so they could recommend safety procedures for those who may find themselves targeted by a crazed gunman in the workplace.
The safest bet is to cower behind a file cabinet, the cops told the New York Post, but don't expect any protection from cubicle walls. According to their test, a file cabinet can withstand gunfire from a 9mm Glock or a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson. Only the AK-47 manged to get bullets through the cabinet. Still, NYPD officials caution that the best response to an office shooting, not surprisingly, is to clear out of the building entirely.
"During an actual event, the NYPD recommends avoiding the shooter and evacuating immediately," Capt. Michael Riggio told the Post. Hiding behind a filing cabinet is definitely Plan B, they note -- together with the strategy of locking yourself inside a designated "safe room" if one is available.Read More »from NYPD offers grim survival tips for office shootings