A Bellevue resident injured in the shooting at Virginia Tech six years ago has created a smartphone app that allows users to report suspicious or criminal activity.
Kristina Anderson was shot three times, twice in the back and once in the foot, during the 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech that left 32 people dead.
Her app, LiveSafe, gives users the ability to report crimes and suspicious activities to local police. These notifications include information, such as pictures and GPS coordinates so officers know where to send help.
Users can also send out alerts to emergency contacts.
"If this technology helps prevent one person from being victimized like me," Anderson said. "I think it gives more meaning to what we went through."
Right now the app is being tested by police agencies and universities across the country and will be available toward the end of next month.
Anderson thinks it could be useful at schools everywhere, especially since Governor Jay Inslee recently signed a measure that requires school districts and law enforcement to develop an enhanced emergency response system.