SAN JOSE -- San Jose State plans to conduct a training exercise Friday simulating an active-shooter at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, the school announced.

University officials made the announcement Monday to put the public on notice and allay any fears elicited by the sight of police and the sounds of simulated gunfire downtown.

From 9 a.m. to noon that day, the University Police Department will run the exercise, which the California State University system requires be held at each of its campuses every five years, according to the university. The library will be closed until 1:30 p.m.

The simulation is aimed at preparing university employees and first responders to work in tandem in the event a gunman opens fire on campus. In addition to university police, the San Jose Police Department and Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office will participate, so passersby can expect to see a large police presence at the building at Fourth and San Fernando streets, as well as hear simulated gunfire.

The training was initially scheduled for the last week of May, but the university postponed it because just days earlier a gunman's rampage claimed seven lives, including the shooter, in the town of Isla Vista near the UC Santa Barbara campus.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.



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