Video From Inside Inland Regional Center Shows One Officer's Bravery During San Bernardino Shooting
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: San Bernardino was gripped in fear Wednesday when two shooters, identified by police as Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, opened fire inside one of the buildings of the Inland Regional Center, a developmental disabilities community health facility. Though the shooting took place at around 11 a.m. and the two suspects fled the scene soon after, the area around the center was still considered an active situation, and from the looks of it, things were very intense in the moments after. One employee shared with KPCC a harrowing video from inside the center, which displayed one officer's courage to ensure others' safety.
In the video, a group of employees huddle in a hallway while an officer asks a colleague ahead of him whether the scene is secure. "If you're not cool, I'm not walking them," he shouts. People are visibly on edge. Getting the OK, the officer then beckons for staffers to walk past him through the building's hallways. The officer asks the employees, most of whom are silent or speak in hushed voices, to keep their hands above their heads where he can see them. As the employees pass, some say "thank you," while the officer reassures them, "I'll take a bullet before you do, that's for damn sure."
What's unnerving to watch about the tense situation is that the building looks like any other office. You've walked through hallways like that before. These employees look like people you work with. It's just another reminder that this kind of tragedy really can strike wherever and whenever.
But hopefully, if that time ever comes to you (knock on wood), there will always be a law enforcement officer who will guide you to safety just like the one in the video below. Check it out.