NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What would you do if a gunman started shooting in your workplace?
As CBS 2′s Maurice DuBois reported, workplace violence is becoming an all too common scene — a disgruntled employee, an ex-spouse or a dissatisfied client come backs to settle the score with a gun. Two million people are victims of workplace violence each year, with hundreds killed.
Experts say that number is on the rise.
“If we see bad economic times and you see a lot of layoffs or plants closing, then you’re going to see workplace violence,” said Paul Viollis, a workplace violence prevention specialist.
Most people, however, don’t know how to react when faced with such danger.
It happened to City Councilman Charles Barron, D-Brooklyn. A gunman opened fire in the council chambers 10 years ago.
“He’s just shooting, and so everybody’s saying, ‘Charles, get down, get down,’” Barron said.
“It was the most traumatic moment of my life.”
Barron survived because he made it to the nearest exit. But most people don’t chance it and hide behind office furniture, often with dire consequences.