Police in San Bernardino, California, responded to an active shooter incident at a centre for people with developmental disabilities on 2 December. Officials have confirmed the death toll stands at 14, with the number of injured at 17. Authorities have also confirmed that two suspects, a male and female, are dead. A third suspect is in custody, but police have not confirmed whether he is connected to the shooting.
CNN is reporting that Syed Farook, believed to be one of the suspects, is a US citizen. The Council on American Islamic Relations has condemned the attacks during a news conference. Chair of the Islamic Council of South California Muzammil Siddiqi asks that Islam not be condemned because of the attacks. Farook's brother-in-laws, Farhan Khan, spoke during the conference and said he was in "shock".
What is known:
- Death toll: 14. Injured: 17.
- Two suspects, a male and a female, are dead after a police shootout. These suspects were found with AR-15s and handguns while wearing dark, tactical clothing.
- A third suspect, who was seen leaving the area of the shootout, was arrested. It remains unclear if this person is directly connected to the shooting.
- One of the suspects has been identified by several news outlets as Syed Farook. NBC News says a law enforcement official believes another suspect may be Farook's brother.
- Investigators continue to search Inland Regional Center, where they believe they have found an explosive device.
- Federal authorities continue to search a property in neighbouring Redlands, California.
- The Los Angeles branch of Council on American–Islamic Relations released a statement condemning the attack. "We condemn this horrific and revolting attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured," executive director Hussam Ayloush said.
The New York Daily News has tweeted a preview of its front page for 3 December. The cover, which claims "God Isn't Fixing This," has launched a conversation about the Republican politicians' response to the now all-to-common mass shootings in the US.
The ATF's Meredith Baxter tells KTLA that no weapons were recovered from the third suspect arrested.
KTLA is reporting that the two dead suspects were found with AR-15s. The male and female suspects also had handguns and were wearing dark tactical clothing.
The situation in Redlands, California has escalated. The FBI is reportedly moving the perimeter around a Redlands property is being expanded. Local media reports that authorities have established a mandatory evacuation in the surrounding area. The AP also reported that officers in riot gear, a bomb squad and armoured vehicles were outside the home and appeared have brought robot devices.
The ATF is now confirming that the object previously believed to be a pipe bomb was not an explosive. The Associated Press reported that the ATF's Meredith Davis stated the thick-gauge copper pipe was fitted with a piece of material made to look like a wick.
NBC News is reporting that one of the suspects has been identified as Syed Farook, while another is believed to be his brother. Police have not confirmed the identities of the suspects.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed that two rifles and two handguns were recovered. Police Chief Jarrod Burguan previously confirmed that the two dead suspects were found with handguns and rifles.
Islamic State (Isis) extremists have reportedly praised the San Bernardino shooting online. According to Vocativ, the extremists have launched the hashtag #America_Burning as police searched for the suspects.
"Three lions made us proud. They are still alive," one IS supporter tweeted in Arabic. "California streets are full with soldiers with heavy weapons. The Unites States is burning #America_Burning #Takbir"
What is known-
- Death toll remains at 14, with 17 others injured.
- Two suspects, a male and a female, were killed during a shootout with police. They were carrying assault rifles and handguns and were dressed in tactical gear.
- A third suspect has been arrested but it is unclear if this person is connected to the shooting.
- Police expect to hold another press conference between 8.30-9pm PT (4.30-5am GMT)
Burguan said that there was a dispute at the holiday party and that a person who left but it is unclear if that person is one of the shooters.
Burguan confirms that a suspect has been detained but police are unsure if that person is connected to the shooting. He also confirms that police still do not have a motive.
FBI spokesman David Bowdich says federal agents are searching the home in Redlands and are unsure of what is there. Bowdich confirms that there is a third suspect.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan confirms that police are still searching the Inland Regional Center due to a potential explosive device. Two suspects, a man and a woman, were armed with assault rifles and handguns and are were killed during the police shootout.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center confirmed that it is treating five patients from the shooting. One of those patients is in critical but stable condition and four others are in fair condition. The hospital confirmed that another patient had already been discharged.
The Washington Post reported that a local law enforcement official confirmed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found a suspected pipe bomb on one of the suspects and that the FBI has taken over the investigation. Law enforcement officials said that several devices were thrown from the SUV during the police chase.
The Associated Press confirmed reports that police are serving a warrant to a home in Redlands, California directly connected to the shooting in San Bernardino.
Loma Linda Hospital spokeswoman confirms that five adult patients were brought into the hospital. Two of those patients remain critical but stable, two more are fair and one is still being evaluated. The spokeswoman confirmed that the hospital did receive a bomb threat, that was later deemed not credible.
The Association of Regional Center Agencies – Inland Regional Center, where the shooting occurred, released the following statement:
Today, multiple people were shot and killed. We do not have official information as to the names of the victims, the intended targets, or the motives behind this. As we receive confirmed information, we will update our community.
What we do have are heavy hearts, knowing innocent lives were cut short. Regional centers connect families and people with developmental disabilities to services and supports. They are places of connection and community. Any act of violence is a tragedy. But in a place focused on service to people with developmental disabilities, it is even harder to comprehend.
California Governor Jerry Brown has released a statement on today's shooting:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and everyone affected by the brutal attack. California will spare no effort in bringing these killers to justice."
Out of respect for Californians affected by today's tragedy, this evening's annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be canceled. Although the ceremony is canceled, the Christmas tree will still be illuminated at 5.00pm.
Capitol flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims and their families.
What is known-
- Death toll stands at 14 and at least 17 others have been injured.
- One police officer has been injured but authorities say his condition "is not life threatening".
- San Bernardino Police is asking residents south of San Bernardino Ave east of Mt. View stay in their homes with doors locked and secure.
- At least one suspect, possibly two, are reportedly down, with police saying "there is still possibly a suspect outstanding".
San Bernardino PD spokeswoman Vicky Cervantes said one police officer was injured. At least one suspect is believed to be down and another is still being dealt with. Cervantes said police are unsure of the number of suspects. The spokeswoman could not confirm that one of the suspects was at the holiday party and returned later with one or two more suspects. Cervantes called the situation very much "active" and it is "fluid". "Lets be vigilant. There very well may be a suspect outstanding," she added.
CNN, as well as KTLA, are reporting that one suspect is "down" and there is an apparent standoff with other suspects. Police have not confirmed, but a media update is expected at 12am GMT.
Police bearcat trucks are shown inching towards the downed black SUV, which is covered in bullet holes. Heavily armed law enforcement officers are using the bearcats as covered and have their weapons pointed towards the SUV.
San Bernardino PD have stopped a black SUV and local news is reporting of a runner. It is unclear whether the pursuit was related to the shooting. KTLA momentarily broadcast an individual shot and surrounded by blood on the ground.
Marybeth Field, president of the Inland Regional Center's board of directors, told reporters that masked gunman entered a first floor conference room in one of the three buildings in the complex. According to Field,the San Bernardino County Public Health department had rented the room, which can hold up to 250 people, to host a holiday party. "We don't know who the gunman are, or why this happened. It's devastating," she told The Washington Post. "I just don't know how we're going to recover from this. It's just overwhelming. Why would anyone target a social service center?"
KTLA is reporting that Loma Linda Hospital, where some of the victims were sent, experienced a bomb threat following the shooting.
Presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle have taken to social media to discuss the shooting:
What is known-
- There were up to three shooters.
- Shooter(s) have not been identified or found. Motive is unknown.
- FBI and local law enforcement say there is no indication that this is a terrorist act, although a police representative did refer to the shooting as "domestic terrorist type situation".
- All schools in the city are in lockdown.
- There are 14 confirmed fatalities and another 14 injured.
Police warn that numbers regarding victims, fatalities and even the number of shooters may change as more information becomes available.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters that the attacker(s) appeared to be prepared, were carrying long guns and may have been wearing protective gear. "They were dressed in a way that indicated they were prepared," he said.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon confirmed that all local county and city buildings were in lockdown.
An initial call came in at 10.59am PT (6.59pm GMT) of multiple shots fired of 1365 S Waterman Avenue, San Bernardino Police Department Lieutenant Richard Lawhead told KTLA. Lawhead said that there were at least 20 victims. Exact numbers have not been released. Police reported that there were between one and three possible suspects, but authorities have not been able to locate the attacker or attackers since the shooting.
Sergeant Vicki Cervantes, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino Police Department, told the local ABC affiliate that there were "multiple casualties and confirmed fatalities," but that authorities had not confirmed the number of people killed, The Washington Post reported. "Multiple shooters came in and started shooting," Cervantes said. "We were told that at least one of the shooters may have left in a black SUV from the location." KTLA reported that the vehicle was later found abandoned.
Cervantes told another news organisation that the shooting remained active two hours after the first reports of gunfire. "It's still an active scene, and until it's safe in there, we can't let anyone in," she told a local CBS affiliate. A law enforcement official said that shots were fired at the Inland Regional Center, which serves over 30,000 people with developmental disabilities and employs around 670 staff members.
Lawhead told KNBC, "We are not only using our SWAT team, but using SWAT teams from other jurisdictions to clear the facility. As far as we know it's confined to the Inland Regional Center." Authorities added that agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were aiding local law enforcement on the scene.
According to the Washington Post, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center said it was treating six patients. While Loma Linda University Medical Center said it received four adult patients, three of whom were being operated on.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department announced on Twitter that a press conference to release updates about the active shooter incident at 1.45pm PT (4.45pm ET/9.45pm ET).