Audio Of San Bernardino Shooting Captures Police In The Middle Of A Fatal Shootout With Suspects
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: Law enforcement is now putting together the pieces of what happened Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, and gradually helping Americans understand what led to the deaths of at least 14 individuals at the Inland Regional Center. But earlier in the day, there was plenty of concern for police as they set out to find the suspected shooters. Published by CNN, audio of San Bernardino police dispatches during the shootout with two suspects (identified by authorities as Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik) and manhunt for a third provides a glimpse of the chaos surrounding the events.
An officer first updates a dispatcher on their chase for one or more suspects seen in a vehicle.
Officer 1: Okay, last seen in an Audi ... heading toward [unintelligible] and we have a clothing description.
Dispatcher: 'Male, dark-skinned' is all I have on this frequency.
The dispatch then switches over to another officer, whose voice can barely be made out over the sounds of shots being fired. Following the gunshots, the officer sends an order over the audio to not allow any other backup to come to his current location.
Officer 2: [unintelligible] have them go there. Don't bring any more people here unless it's a SWAT team. That's it.
The audio turns back to the female dispatcher, who inquires about the first officer's status.
Dispatcher: North 2, what's your exact location?
The officer is cut off sporadically by shots and shouts by nearby officers to hold fire.
Officer 1: We're at [unintelligible] ... one guy down ... and one guy in the back of a car...
Following the shootout, a third officer gives the dispatcher information on their efforts to investigate the inside of the vehicle.
Officer 3: Just for the update, X-ray says we have the suspect vehicle stopped. We go ahead and extract it. We can stand by, wait for the BearCat.
A final audio clip gives listeners an idea of the number of unknowns that police were faced with at the time of the shootout.
Officer 2: North 2, right now we have one down outside the car, one down inside the car. Oh, well, we don't know. Hold on ... from what we understand, the boy's on the run.
The officer mentions a third suspect, who may or may not have been on the run at the same time as the shootout. This third person was later detained by police, but they have not yet identified the man or described his involvement in the attack.
Authorities later stated during a press conference that the two suspects in the SUV, identified as Farook and Malik, were both killed during the shootout and were likely the only two responsible for the shooting.
Check out the full audio below: