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The shooting reportedly took place at the Inland Regional Center, a center that serves people with developmental disabilities. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters late Wednesday afternoon that at least 14 people are dead, and at least 14 were injured.
Burguan said that the suspects had fled, “potentially in a dark-colored SUV.” He said authorities do not yet know what the motive was, nor do they know where the suspects are. What they do know, however, was that the gunmen “came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission.”
About a half hour after the incident began, CBS News tweeted that a bomb squad had been deployed inside the building to attempt to defuse an “apparent device,” though the presence of an explosive was unconfirmed. News cameras in helicopters above the center showed crowds of people evacuating the building with their hands over their heads.
One of the people who evacuated was reportedly the wife of a man named Marcos Aguilera, who told CBS News what his wife told him about the incident.
“She said the guys came in next to her office and I guess started shooting,” he said. “They locked themselves in, in her office. They seen bodies on the floor and she said right now ambulances are taking people out in stretchers.”
A spokesperson for the Loma Linda University Medical Center — a hospital located near the scene of the shooting — confirmed at a press conference Wednesday that four patients had been admitted there, and that at least three more were anticipated. Though she would not comment on the patients’ conditions, she said the hospital’s trauma center was prepared to treat multiple mass shooting victims.
“We always see this happening in other states and it’s hitting very close to home right now,” spokesperson Briana Pastorino said, adding that the hospital has held drills for mass shooting situations in the past. “This can happen anywhere, and we have to be prepared physically and mentally for these types of situations.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown and President Obama were each briefed on the situation, and Obama issued a brief response in an interview with CBS News on Wednesday afternoon. He said that while there was not yet information on the motive of the shooters, “The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”
“We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries,” Obama said.
The Inland Regional Center has 670 staff members and provides services to more than 30,200 people with developmental disabilities and their families, according to its Facebook page. The center’s mission statement reads:
As an agency among agencies, Inland Regional Center coordinates with generic services to normalize the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families by working to include them in the everyday routines and life rhythms of the community and by facilitating needed supports for them.
The day before the shooting, the Inland Center had celebrated a holiday party.
Wednesday’s incident comes less than a week after a gunman killed three people at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
There have been at least 351 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Washington Post.
UPDATE via CNN :
San Bernardino, California (CNN)The hunt for one to three suspects was taking place near a San Bernardino, California, center for people with developmental disabilities, where at least 14 people were killed Wednesday, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters.
Fourteen other people were wounded in the shooting, Burguan said.
SWAT teams and the bomb squad were working to clear the buildings where the shootings took place.
[Latest developments, posted at 5:27 p.m. ET]
• The suspects were armed with long guns, Burguan told reporters. “These were people that came prepared. … They were armed with long guns, not hand guns,” he told reporters. Most of the victims were “centrally located in one area of the facility,” Burguan said. Police didn’t exchange gunfire with the shooters, he added.
• “At this point, I know one of your questions is going to be ‘Is this a terrorist incident?’ I will tell you right now we do not know if this is a terrorist incident,” David Bowdich, an assistant director for Los Angeles FBI’s office told reporters.
• The shootings were in the conference center at the Inland Regional Center, the center’s executive director, Lavinia Johnson, told CNN. She believes the county’s Department of Public Health was having a holiday party there. Johnson said the fire alarm went off in her building, and people began to evacuate but then the order came to stay in place. Later police came and took people out of their offices.
• The three suspects are believed to be armed with AK-47-type weapons, a local law enforcement official told CNN.
• President Barack Obama restated his call for more gun control reforms in the wake of the mass shooting. Speaking to CBS News, Obama said Congress should act in a bipartisan manner to close loopholes, including one that allows people on the TSA no-fly list to legally purchase firearms
• Four adults have been transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, and the hospital is expecting three more patients, hospital spokeswoman Briana Pastorino said. She did not describe the nature of the patients’ wounds. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center has received eight patients, an employee who didn’t want to be named told CNN.
• The bomb squad found a suspicious package on the second floor of a building and determined it is “not normal,” a law enforcement source told CNN. They are going to handle it with a robot, the source added.
• A woman who works at a building where the shootings occurred texted her father: “Shooting at my work. People shot.” The father told CNN affiliate KABC his daughter told him 10 to 20 people were shot.
• The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding, agency representatives said.
• Wednesday’s shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities. It is unclear how many people were at the facility at the time of the shooting.
The center’s Facebook page says it employs nearly 670 people at its facilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, providing service to more than 30,200 people.
It aims to “work on a personal, one-on-one basis with people with developmental disabilities to make their lives better as they define it.” No information is yet available on how many people were at the facility at the time of the shooting.
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