AURORA – City employees dealt with a gunman inside city hall on Wednesday as part of an emergency drill.
This was the city's first exercise involving not only emergency responders were involved, but also city hall personnel.
Organizers said employees stayed in the building during the drill to learn how to seek cover in such a situation and help emergency services with rescue and evacuation.
"We wanted to have a realistic environment, so we had the police and fire department responding," said Deanne Criswell, Aurora's emergency manager. "We have casualties within the building that have gunshots and so forth, and so, making it as realistic for them as possible."
More than 100 emergency responders participated in the drill.
The city hall was closed during the drill and will re-open for normal hours Thursday.