‘No one took it seriously until we heard screaming,’ he says

Video: Shooting Survivor Says Police Firing Blanks For Drill Before Rampage

Students were told to prepare for a “shooting drill” with police firing blanks to scare them right before the actual shooting happened, says a student who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting.

Connor Dietrich told CNN that officials told him and fellow students that, prior to the shooting that killed 17, police would be firing blanks for a live drill.


When asked if he heard shots ring out, Dietrich responded, “Yeah we did hear shots.”

“And did you think instantly, ‘Oh my god those are gunshots,’ or did you think it was balloons popping, as one student told me? How would you know what it would sound like?” asked the interviewer.

“I thought it was a drill because they told us we’d have police officers who were gonna be firing blanks, to scare us and get us, like, trained for this,” Dietrich replied.

“So no one took it seriously until I heard like, screaming – it was the worst screaming I’ll ever hear – it was awful.”