Lawmakers want 'shooting alert' system

Posted at 8:52 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 08:52:50-05

The mass shooting in Kalamazoo last month has a couple of state lawmakers working on a way to alert the public in similar situations.

One of the issues in Kalamazoo is that people didn't know what was going on until after the fact, even though five hours had passed between the first and last shooting.

One state representative has introduced a bill that would use the existing "amber alert" system to send out alerts for mass shootings too.

Representative Brant Iden said, "I don't want to see another active shooter in Michigan but we have the technology available and the technology's there so I think that given that it's something that's already there and set up why not add this as a potential opportunity to save lives and let people know information can't be a bad thing."

A Democratic lawmaker has introduced a similar bill that would also include alerts for terrorist attacks.

Both bills would have state police set "protocols" making sure the system is not overused and would be targeted to specific communities.

So for example, we wouldn't get alerts about a shooting in the detroit area.