Police said up to 14 people were killed when one or more gunmen opened fire at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino Wednesday. At least one suspect was killed in a dramatic shootout.
A second suspect’s body was pulled out of a bullet-riddled SUV. Police have not yet confirmed that the suspects were related to the shooting at the Inland Regional Center, but they had earlier said that the gunmen may have fled in a dark SUV.
A massive police presence was seen in the area, and surrounding streets have been shut down due to the gun battle.
The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. at the Inland Regional Center, a nonprofit that works with individuals with developmental disabilities, at 1365 S. Waterman Avenue. The complex is comprised of three buildings.
The attack took place in a conference area where the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health was holding a banquet, said Maybeth Field, president and CEO of the social services center. She said the building houses at least 25 employees as well as a library and conference center.
“They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said, noting the shooters carried long guns, not handguns. Police shed no light on a motive.
Police said up to three shooters were involved. The suspects were described as heavily armed and possibly wearing body armor, according to Sgt. Vicki Cervantes with San Bernardino police.
No weapons were recovered at the center, though authorities were investigating unidentified items in the building and have brought in bomb squads, Burguan said.
At approximately 3:15 p.m., police officers chased down a dark-colored SUV, which crashed a few miles from the regional center. Police said shots were fired, an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Inland Regional Center employee Brandon Hunt told Eyewitness News that the auditorium is regularly rented out to outside agencies. Hunt said approximately 550 people typically work at the facility at any given day.
Courts, schools and other facilities in San Bernardino were placed on lockdown for security. The Inland Center Mall was shut down for the day as a precaution. The mall was evacuated and employees were sent home.
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At the time of this story being published 14 people were reported killed and 17 injured. Two dead suspects – one male and one female. Another “suspicious” person was apprehended.
I ask you, what kind of people just walk into a building (with disabled people) and start shooting? I’m sure in due time we will find out the backgrounds of these shooters. When the names are not released right away it’s usually due to families of victims being notified. Let’s hope and pray these shooters are not “illegal immigrants” or “refugees” or we’re going to have a bigger problem on our hands.
You can be sure of one thing – Obama and the liberals will come out strong once again for claiming America needs “stricter gun control”. Well, guess what? Guns don’t kill people. Bad people with guns kill good people without guns. The outcome of this tragedy may have been different if just ONE person in that building had a gun, but unfortunately we will never know.
Again, our hearts and prayers are with those families and friends of those affected by this tragedy. Peace be with you.
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