Police cruisers, ambulances, SWAT teams and a medical helicopter will descend on Marquee Cinemas at the Highlands Saturday morning.
But signs along Cabela Drive and posts on social media will tell people to pay no attention, it’s just a drill.
The scenario will involve a movie allegedly shot in the Ohio Valley, a premiere with the actors making appearances with protesters expected because of the controversial nature of the film.
And then a shooter begins firing, and people fall to the ground.
“We’re going to have students from West Liberty University drama club portraying victims and participants in the movie. And an active shooter comes in and shots are being fired and our SWAT team from the sheriff’s department and Wheeling Police Department will respond along with other law enforcement,” said Ohio County EMA Director, Lou Vargo.
Actors portraying the victims won’t be wearing fake blood, they’ll carry cards listing their injuries.
Ambulances will take them to Ohio Valley Medical Center and Wheeling Hospital, where employees will put their mass casualty plans into effect, and act as though it’s real.
A medical helicopter will land, picking up the worst of the injured and take off again.
It will begin at 9 a.m. and be finished by 11 a.m., before the theater opens for the day.