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By Steve Patterson

St. Louis (KSDK) - The Colorado theater shooting is raising a lot of questions about personal safety and vigilance. What, if anything, can be done in a crisis situation?

NewsChannel 5 contacted local self-defense expert Elliot Freeman, head of the Three Rivers Aikido and a direct student of Steve Segal.

Every situation is different, but he says there are a few key things to keep in mind when walking into public spaces:

1) Note entrances and exits. Having the ability to escape is irrelevant without knowing where to escape.

2) Be ready to act. That may mean moving towards an exit or simply hitting the ground when the shots go off.

3) Have situational awareness. Know where you are in relation to the shooter, the shots and the exit and act accordingly.

Freeman no matter where the gunman is, staying low is vital. If he's far away don't be afraid to move to the exits, always use a zig-zag motion to maneuver. Up close, hit the deck. But again, be ready to action. Moving to an exit is often the only solution.

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