Updates To The San Bernardino Shooting Paint A Horrifying Scene As More Information Rolls In
Update: On Wednesday, Dec. 2, a shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, left 14 people dead and 21 wounded. Hours after the attack, police pursued information that led to a chase of a dark SUV, which was later determined to be a rental car. A shootout between police and the suspects left both suspects dead. The suspects were identified as Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who were husband and wife.
According to SBPD Chief Jarrod Burguan, the four guns used in the shooting were purchased legally. The suspects were found to have 1,600 rounds of ammunition with them, and at a home the suspects were renting in Redlands, California, law enforcement officers found 4,500 rounds of ammunition and 12 pipe bombs. No official motive has been confirmed, though a source told The Los Angeles Times that investigators are considering a combined motive of “terrorism and workplace.”
Earlier: On Wednesday, authorities in San Bernardino, California responded to an active shooter situation, which the local police department said killed at least 14 people and left upwards of 14 more injured. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department posted on Facebook that the shooter was near Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue, near Park Center Circle, and urged people to avoid the area completely. The sheriff's department also tweeted that a "hard closure" was in effect at Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue, meaning the streets were closed to all traffic. Not much was known about the incident initially, but updates to the San Bernardino shooting throughout the day shed more light on what happened. The scene is still an active shooter situation, and the suspects have not been caught nor identified.
San Bernardino is a city of about 200,000 people just east of Los Angeles. The president has been briefed on the incident by Homeland Security, the White House said in a statement.
The San Bernardino Fire Department initially tweeted that it was responding to an active shooting with 20 victims on the 1300 block of South Waterman Avenue.
Update: San Bernardino Police lieutenant Richard Lawhead tells KTLA5 that there could be more than 20 victims, as the fire department originally reported.
Update 2: KNBC reports that at least three people are dead.
Update 3: In a news conference, the police say that at least 14 are dead and 14 others injured.
Update 4: The Los Angeles Times reports that six victims (five women and one man) were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. One was in critical but stable condition, and the other five were stable. One patient was sent home. Other victims were taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Updated 5: The death toll is still 14, but the injured count has been updated to 18: 17 in the initial shooting, and one police officer in the police pursuit.
The first reports of an active shooter implied there was a single suspect.
Update: The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department tweets that there are between one and three possible suspects.
Update 2: Eyewitnesses tell ABC7 they saw three shooters with long rifles at the scene. A police source tells ABC7 the suspects were wearing ski masks.
Update 3: The suspects were seen leaving in a black SUV, possible wearing body armor.
Update 4: A law enforcement official tells CNN the three suspects are believed to be armed with AK-47-type weapons.
Update 5: A police officials says "they came prepared" as if "on a mission" in a news conference.
Update 6: Multiple media outlets have reported that one of the shooting suspects is Syed Farook, who apparently worked at the San Bernardino County Health Department. Two suspects have died, one man and one woman.
The first reports of the incident by the sheriff's department and fire department described the location as the intersection of Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue, near Park Center Circle, in San Bernardino.
Update: The shooting happened at the Inland Regional Center, a state-run center for people with developmental disabilities, according to NBC Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the local police department said that the center had been hosting an event when the gunmen began shooting. Photos from the scene showed armored vehicles, fire trucks, and emergency responders treating multiple victims on the street.
This story is developing...