By Nikki Gaskins
Charleston, S.C. (WCIV)—One Lowcountry school got an up-close encounter with a gunman Tuesday with just one intention—to shoot and kill.
Fortunately, it was all part of a drill that took place at Addlestone Hebrew Academy in West Ashley.
Various agencies participated including the Charleston County SWAT team, Charleston Police Department, and St. Andrews Fire Department.
The drill comes in light of the recent school tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut where 26 people were shot to death.
The school hired a company called Scopus Security Solution in West Ashley to assist with a mock drill.
In Tuesday's scenario, a shooter drives a yellow, smoking truck up to the entrance of the school, enters the building and begins shooting as many causalities as possible and then takes someone hostage.
The purpose is to give the school the experience of knowing how school employees would react if a similar tragedy at Sandy Hook happened closer to home.
"Not that we ever want to see tragedy, but I have to tell you, especially as an educator with children, it really breaks my heart. And so how do we keep our children and our staff, everyone safe so by working together in this way we at least make deterrent," says Susan Weintrob, the head of the school.
The exercise lasted about 2.5 hours.