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14 people dead in San Bernardino mass shooting
2 shooting suspects identified.
Fourteen people are dead and 14 others injured in a shooting in San Bernardino, California, according to authorities.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department told KTLA that as many as three shooters, had opened fire at the Inland Regional Center at 1365 S. Waterman Avenue.
Police confirmed late Wednesday that one male suspect and one female suspect were killed following a high-speed chase. The man has been identified as Syed Farook, 28, a local resident, American citizen, and employee of the county health department. The other suspect is Tashfeen Malik, 27, and either his girlfriend or his wife.
The pair were armed with assault rifles and handguns, according to authorities. A third person who was in the area has been detained, but it is unclear if the person has any involvement in the shooting.
A San Bernardino Police officer was shot during the standoff with the suspects and is in stable condition at a local hospital, the spokeswoman said.
The shooting occurred during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, according to the Associated Press. The party was held at a convention hall of the Inland Regional Center. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters during a press conference Wednesday afternoon that the attack lasted “a few minutes.”
Police say the shooter or shooters wore body armor during the attack, suggesting preparation for a confrontation with law enforcement. Authorities said they do not know if the gunmen were “terrorists.”
Burguan said it appears that the shooters came “prepared to do what they did as if they were on a mission.” They “were using long guns,” he said, “not handguns.” Police did not find any explosives on site during their initial searches, Burguan said.
Police have not yet recovered the guns used in the shooting, nor do they know what types of firearms were used.
Calif mass shooting: Shooter(s) opened fire at meeting or party in bldg; wearing camo and masks; police hunting for black Yukon SUV
— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) December 2, 2015
Multiple people were seen exiting the building with their hands raised, according to KABC.
SBFD units responding to reports of 20 victim shooting incident in 1300 block of S. Waterman. SBPD is working to clear the scene.
— San Bernardino Fire (@SBCityFire) December 2, 2015
Sgt. Cervantes with SB Police say the suspects are heavily armed and were possibly wearing body armor.
— Tara Wallis (@tarawallis) December 2, 2015
Law-enforcement agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Department of Homeland security are on the scene of the shooting.
President Barack Obama addressed the tragedy, calling for “common sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown offered his thoughts and prayers for the families of the victims and vowed to bring the killers to justice. He also cancelled the state’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Watch live coverage of the situation from KTLA below:
Story last updated at 12:34am CT, Dec. 3
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Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.