The Death Toll From The San Bernardino Shooting Is Just Devastating
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. They 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 they 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 that it might be terrorism or workplace-related.
Earlier: During the first in a series of press conferences that the San Bernardino Police Department says it will be holding every hour on the hour, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan detailed the information that authorities currently know about the mass shooting that began Wednesday morning in Southern California. Burguan stated that up to three shooters had entered the Inland Regional Center, a facility that helps those with developmental disabilities, and began shooting. As of this writing, the death toll from the shooting stands at 14. Though Burguan had originally reported that 14 others were injured, that number has risen to 17, according to a recent SBPD press conference.
Burguan has referred to this incident as a "domestic terrorist-type situation." The police chief could confirm very few details, though he insinuated that the suspects "came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission." He continued:
There are upwards of 14 people that are dead ... Information that I think is probably the most reliable at this point is that the suspects have fled potentially in a dark colored SUV. We do not have identification of the suspects so far we do not know their motivation at this point.
A massive shootout broke out as officers pursued a dark-colored SUV just a few miles from the Center. It's unclear whether this was related to the previous incident. A suspect is reportedly down, and an officer may also be down, though SBPD Officer Vicki Cervantes stated that the officer is OK.
Many area hospitals are currently on lockdown as they treat patients who were injured in the shooting, including the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center. It's unclear how many patients are being treated at Arrowhead. A spokeswoman for Loma Linda confirmed that four patients are currently being treated, with three more on the way from the Center. Local municipal facilities as well as San Bernardino public schools have also been placed on lockdown. A suspicious device was reported at the scene of the shooting, and authorities are currently investigating it.
The weapons of the suspected shooters have been described as long guns of some sort. No other information has been made available about the suspects as authorities continue to search. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors held an emergency meeting in the wake of the shooting. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan held a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting and all those affected, and President Obama issued a statement calling for gun control. Many who work in the IRC are being released to their family at a nearby church.