People in downtown this week could hear screams of panic as a gunman takes aim at a major university.
The University of Houston Downtown said they will be simulating an active shooter on campus Monday through Thursday of this week.
UHD said the purpose of the drill is to help emergency responders and the university find the best course of action in a shooter scenario.
The drill began Monday morning in the College of Public Service On Commerce Street.
In a release the school said, "The training will help prepare the department for an "active shooter" situation and equip UHD police officers with the skills and experience to protect students, faculty and staff in the event of this emergency."
Cadets from UHD's Criminal Justice Training Center will be part of the training as will Katy ISD police, University Of Houston, Clear Lake police, Harris County Constables Precinct 5, and Texas Southern University police.
Instead of real guns, participants will use simulated guns that fire soap pellets, UHD said.
The four-day event was scheduled to include live drills (Tuesday and Thursday), and classroom instruction (Monday and Wednesday).