Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2021-05-05 19:45:10 –
Green Bay, Wisconsin. (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Predators youth hockey team was in Green Bay for a tournament and had just finished dinner in the hotel when the gunshots rang.
“When I’m waiting for the elevator, I suddenly hear pop pop, and the 5-7 rounds are over,” said parent Mike Berak.
“I’m looking to the left. The shoot started 20 yards away,” said parent Danny Holzer.
Belak is a former SWAT officer and is now a police officer in the Uppercent Claire School District. He ran where the team had finished dinner to get people out.
“I think that’s what I think, and then I heard more shots. People started screaming,” he said.
One of his parents broke the window to give him another escape route.
“Take everyone out. The idea is to eliminate as many victims as possible from the scene,” he said.
When the team arrived at the parking lot, Holzer and his son could hear gunshots between the police and the archers.
“You could just hear back and forth. Pop Pop Pop,” he said.
The situation was over in about 10 minutes, and police shot and killed the suspect.
“I really had to think about it for a moment. It certainly didn’t seem to be the case,” Holzer told KDKA.
Both he and Berak acknowledge their active shooter training to keep the team safe.
“I was scared and did nothing. You react. You react to your training,” Holzer said.
“It was a response to the stimulus, and it’s about what training is,” Berak said.
The only injury was that one of the player’s brothers had a cut on the broken glass.
“It was a great team of great people. They all got together in a place where they wouldn’t panic,” Holzer said.
As for the players, both dads said they were okay. There are moments when shooting affects them, but they are getting the support they need.
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