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Police said there may be multiple victims in an active-shooting situation in San Bernardino Wednesday. Sources tell Eyewitness News that up to 12 people were killed.
The shooting took place at the Inland Regional Center, a nonprofit that works with individuals with developmental disabilities, at 1365 S. Waterman Avenue.
Investigators were searching the building and have yet to clear it. Police said there were reports of one to three shooters involved, and they were described to be wearing ski masks.
A source confirmed to Eyewitness News that there were three shooters armed with rifles, and there were no suspects in custody.
The bomb squad sent a robot into the building to detonate a suspicious package.
Police are going building to building, walking through streets and parking lots with guns drawn. Armored vehicles have surrounded the area and a triage center has been set up to treat the victims.
Fox 11 Los Angeles reported that police are searching for “three white males dressed in military gear,” however Lieutenant Richard Lawhead from the San Bernardino Police would not confirm the number of suspects.
He also would not confirm the number of victims.” I’ve heard numbers of 20, but I have not been able to confirm those,” he said.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that police are searching for three suspects who fled the scene in an SUV. The California Highway Patrol has issued a BOLO – Be on the Lookout — for the SUV.
According to LA Times sources, “Police on the scene were assembling a battering ram to gain access to the building, and investigators believe one suspect may still be inside.”
7:08 p.m. EST: Police were involved in a shootout with occupants of a black SUV in a residential neighborhood in San Bernardino. Police are indicating that two of the occupants of the vehicle were shot. Fox News’ Shep Smith is reporting that one of the suspects is lying in a pool of blood in the street near the bullet-riddled SUV. One officer reported to dispatchers that a suspect in the back seat of the vehicle was still breathing and had an “AR strapped to his chest.” One officer was shot in the altercation, but his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Police are going house to house, searching for an outstanding suspect. They are telling residents to remain in their homes with the doors locked.
5:14 p.m. EST: San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a press conference, “The preliminary number we have right now is that there are 14 people deceased, and our count is that there are 14 people that have been taken to various hospitals for serious injuries, potentially related to gunshots. We also have some other people who might have had some minor types of injuries.”
Burguan confirmed that the suspects are still at large, but he could not provide a description or any information about their potential whereabouts. He did say, however, that they were on a mission. “Preliminary information indicates that these people came prepared,” he said. “They were dressed and equipped in a way that indicated that they were prepared and they were armed with long guns, not handguns. I do not know what type of long guns.” He added that no weapons have been recovered at this point.
4:25 p.m.EST: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Olivia Bozek said, “They’re still trying to evacuate the building” and confirmed that “one to three” suspects are still at large. She said as many as 10 to 20 people were shot.
The person or persons who opened fire inside of a San Bernardino building Wednesday morning began shooting inside of a conference room where a party was being held, federal law enforcement sources and a witness told the Los Angeles Times.
The person or persons, wearing camouflage and masks, left up to 20 people injured and multiple dead after gunfire erupted around 11 a.m., the sources and police officials said.
Several presidential candidates have reacted to the shootings on Twitter.
“I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now.” — Hillary Clinton
“California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!” — Donald Trump
“Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.” — Jeb Bush