Police and fire departments are reportedly responding to a shooting in San Bernardino, California that has left at least 12 people dead and 20 people wounded, according to ABC 7. The situation is reportedly unfolding at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities.
This remains an active shooting situation and details are fluid right now. Several reporters on Twitter are reporting that according to the police scanner, “30 hostages” were being led out of the building.
According to police, it’s currently unknown how many people are in the building and how many shooters there are. A SWAT team was preparing to enter the building at 2:50 pm.
Update, 2:53 p.m.:
Police are reportedly looking for “three white men in military gear.”
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California elected officials are responding:
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Media outlets on the scene are reporting that the suspects may have left in a black SUV. Police are evidently trying to address a suspected explosive device left near the building.
Update, 3:50 p.m.
Donald Trump has offered his essential perspective, as have a handful of other presidential candidates.
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Police are formally confirming fatalities, the AP reports, although not how many.
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The shooters may have opened fire during a banquet being held for county personnel, according to the Fire Department. The banquet was held at a rental space inside the center.
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The San Bernardino County Sheriff reports that 14 people have died in today’s shooting and 14 have been wounded, which they confirmed was perpetrated by three people. The shooters reportedly fled in a dark car, and all surrounding ports and local city and county buildings are on lockdown.
Update, 8:20 p.m.:
Two of the suspects were shot during a standoff with police this evening, as well as one office, who suffered non-life threatening injuries. The two suspects who were shot are believed to be dead, although police have not confirmed that. The remaining shooter remains at large.
The Washington Post reports that “a suspected pipe bomb” was found on one of the suspects.
President Obama issued a statement expressing his usual anger and frustration: “The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anything else in the world. And there are some steps we could take — not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings — but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.”
Update, 8:38 p.m.
At a press conference just now, police said one of the suspects was female.
The police and bomb squad are still searching a private residence and likely will be for several hours. Police also said one of the devices planted at the medical center this afternoon was believed to be an explosive.
A third person was seen running from the scene of the shootout and has been detained
but it’s currently unclear if they are the third suspect. Police are now confirming they are the third suspect.
Police also said there was a “dispute” at the holiday part at the banquet hall inside the Inland Regional Center today, but it’s not clear if the shooters were people who left the party.
This is a breaking news post and will be updated.
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