East Carolina University held a shooting drill Tuesday to help university staff and law enforcement officers learn how to better respond to a real-life campus shooting.
The university says campus police, along with the Greenville Police department, Pitt County sheriff's department, and North Carolina Highway Patrol, were just some of the agencies participating in the drill.
Actors from a consulting agency portrayed the shooter, victims and hostages.
ECU says the drill will help everyone realize how prepared they are for the situation, and what they need to improve upon.
The campus also tested its communication abilities during the drill.
It sent text messages and e-mails to students on campus, as well as posting alerts on its web page and using its outdoor speaker system.