Timeline Of San Bernardino Shooting Shows Chaos Spanning Two Cities
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: As details continue to emerge on the San Bernardino shooting rampage, the timeline of events has grown clearer. Two heavily-armed shooters — one man and one woman — carried out the deadliest attack since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting almost three years ago. Wednesday's attack left at least 14 dead and 17 injured. No motive has been identified, but one of the shooters worked at the county health department, which was having a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center, the site of the attack.
Authorities identified the suspects as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik — 28 and 27, respectively. According to CAIR-LA Director Hussam Ayloush, the two were married and had a six-month-old baby girl. A third person had been taken into custody, but it was not immediately clear whether they were directly involved in the attack. San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan said that the department was reasonably confident that there were just two shooters, Farook and Malik.
The attack — carried out with semiautomatic hand guns and assault rifles — is the most recent shooting this year. By some counts, there have been 352 mass shootings so far in 2015. Wednesday was just the 336th day of the year. Two of the weapons were obtained legally, according to the ATF. The center that was attacked is a social services agency which works with people with developmental disabilities. More than 670 people work there.
We now have a rough timeline of the day's events.
Fight At Holiday Party — Morning
Farook attended a holiday party for the county health department, where he worked for five years as an environmental inspector. He left angry after some sort of dispute. Officials stressed, however, that they are unsure of the motive behind the attack.
The Shooting — Just Before 11 a.m.
Farook returned to IRC with Malik. Both were dressed in dark tactical gear, according to police. The couple entered the party shooting. At least 14 were killed and 17 were injured. Victims described the scene as terrifying. According to The Los Angeles Times, Denise Peraza, 27, told her relatives that everyone dropped to the floor when the shooting began. She said they shot "randomly," firing for 30 seconds and then pausing to reload.
The First 911 Call — 11 a.m.
The first call to 911 came in at 11 a.m. Police were dispatched to the scene and responded in four minutes to an "active shooter" situation. Victims at the scene said that after the shooters left, there were about five minutes of silence.
Suspects Flee In SUV — Just After 11 a.m.
Police reported that they were searching for a black SUV after suspects were seen fleeing the scene. They shut down several roads in the area.
Witnesses Transported To Safety — 1:19 p.m.
Police transported survivors in buses to a safe location to take their statements.
Obama Is Informed About Shooting Mid-Interview — 1:48 p.m.
Speaking about the incident during a scheduled interview with CBS News, Obama said that the number of mass shootings in the United States has no parallel, and that there are steps Congress can take to reduce the number of shootings. "We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events," Obama said.
Shootout With SUV — 3:01 p.m.
About 10 miles away in Redlands, California, police spotted the black SUV with Utah plates and began to follow it. A man shot at police while a woman drove, according to CNN. After police returned fire, the SUV stopped. Both suspects were killed as news helicopters flew overhead. One police officer was injured in the shootout, but his injuries were not life-threatening.
Third Individual Detained — 3:16 p.m.
A person who was at the scene of the shootout was detained. Police said it's unclear whether he was involved in the shooting.
Search For Yet Another Suspect — 4:25 p.m.
Residents of the neighborhood of the shootout were warned to stay indoors. Police said it is possible that another suspect is on the loose.
Searching House In Redlands — 5:05 p.m.
Law enforcement searched a home connected with the couple. SWAT, bomb disposal experts, and armored vehicles waited outside. The Associated Press reported that the police called out "This is the FBI" before entering. It was unclear if anyone was at home. The SUV was seen leaving the home earlier.
Police Call Off Search For Suspect — 5:44 p.m.
Police Chief Burguan said they were confident that no one was "outstanding" in neighborhood near the shootout, and that they have secured the area.
Suspects Named By Media — 8 p.m.
Media outlets, including The Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Associated Press, named Syed Farook as the male suspect who was killed.
L.A. Council On American–Islamic Relations Gives Press Conference — 9 p.m.
The group had a press conference to condemn the attack and ask the general public not to implicate all Muslims for the violence. Muzammil Siddiqi, an Orange County religious leader, said the Muslim faith is against all violence everywhere. Also at the event was Farook's brother-in-law, Farhan Khan. He said, "Why would [Farook] do something like this? I have absolutely no idea."
Police Name Suspects — 10:10 p.m.
Chief Burguan named Farook and Malik as the suspects. He also said it was still unclear whether the third suspect detained at the shootout was involved. A motive was still unknown, and authorities still haven't ruled out terrorism.