A police SWAT team descended on Chaminade University Thursday. But, there wasn't anything wrong.
This was a drill to test procedures for a worst-case scenario with a gunman on campus.
The SWAT team has to prepare for the unthinkable.
Chaminade teamed up with HPD to stage the exercises.
Officers suited up in full gear and spread throughout the Kaimuki campus.
Two plainclothes officers acted as gunmen.
HPD scanned through several buildings and surprised students who were unaware of what was going on.
Charity Del Rosario and Simone Komine forgot a drill was planned on this day.
"We came out here to eat and then we heard the SWAT team yell and go, 'Bang, bang, bang,' and we were kind of freaked out at first," said Del Rosario.
"I looked; I went crawling around and they're on the lanai with gun and they said,'He's over here!' -- shoot, shoot, shoot," said Komine.
Thursday's drill helps the university update its current crisis management plan.
Chaminade functioned as prime training ground for the SWAT team.
"It gives our officers a chance to familiarize themselves with our locations and how we can respond to a situation," said Maj. Alexander Ahlo.
Another campus-wide drill is set for fall and there won't be any warning to test student and staff preparedness.
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