At Least 14 Victims Killed In San Bernardino Shooting [Updated]
Authorities are responding to reports of a shooting involving at least 20 victims in San Bernardino, with an active shooter still in the area.
The San Bernardino Fire Department tweeted at 11:15 a.m. that they were responding to the 20-victim shooting reports in the 1300 block of S. Waterman, and that they were working to clear the scene.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department confirmed on Twitter at 11:30 a.m. that there is an active shooter in the area of Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue near Park Center. Minutes later, they confirmed there there are multiple victims with one to three possible suspects:
Authorities have closed off that area in San Bernardino and asked that people stay away from the area.
Hard Closure at Orange Show Rd/ Waterman and Park Center Circle in San Bernardino. AVOID THE AREA POLICE ACTIVITY!— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) December 2, 2015
Updated 5:30 p.m.: Police are serving a search warrant at a home in nearby Redlands in connection with this morning's shooting in San Bernardino. Redlands city spokesman Carl Baker told the AP that Redlands police are assisting San Bernardino police in serving the warrant.
Loma Linda University Medical Center Briana Pastorino says the hospital admitted five adult patients, 2 in critical but stable condition, 2 in fair condition, and another still under assessment.
Updated 3:40 p.m.: Federal officials told the L.A. Times they believe one man in the meeting got into an argument and left and came back with at least one other gunman:
Calif shooting: Fed law enf. official says they believe one man angrily left meeting; returned with “one or two” others; started shooting.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) December 2, 2015
At a press conference, Sergeant Vicki Cervantes said there are 14 fatalities and 17 wounded in the shooting at the center.
Update 3:15 p.m.: The Loma Linda University Hospital, which is treating some of the victims, received a bomb threat at 2:40 p.m., according to FOX 11:
California Gov. Jerry Brown released a statement about the shooting, saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and everyone affected by the brutal attack. California will spare no effort in bringing these killers to justice." He also noted that the annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for today would be canceled:
San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis also released a statement:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein spoke out about the shootings and said, "Each time I see breaking news of yet another mass shooting, I feel it in the pit of my stomach. Congress can’t stop every shooting, but we can help reduce their frequency. I remain hopeful that enough of my colleagues will join me to make that a reality."
The L.A. Times posted this video that Dorothy Vong, a nurse at the Inland Regional Center, took at around 11 a.m. of police storming in to the facility, thinking at first that it was an active-shooter drill:
Family members can connect with their loved ones who were in the building at the time of the shooting at the Hernandez Center located at 222 N. Lugo Ave. in San Bernardino, according to San Bernardino officials.
Update 2:30 p.m.: Marybeth Feild, the president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, told the Associated Press that the gunmen opened fire in a conference area in the building where the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health was holding a banquet. She was not at the facility at the time.
Celeste Ortega tweeted that her aunt was supposed to be one of the main speakers at that banquet today, but called in sick and didn't go:
she called in sick and didn't go. If that isn't a miracle than l don't know what is.— Celeste Victoria Ortega (@_celechu) December 2, 2015
The L.A. Times' Rick Serrano tweeted that the San Bernardino Police Chief confirmed that the county meeting was targeted, not the health center:
caiif mass shooting: police chief confirms the county group meeting was targeted, not the health center.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) December 2, 2015
Update 2:10 p.m.: At a press conference this afternoon, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that up to three people entered the building and opened fire, leaving upwards of 14 dead and upwards of 14 wounded. The building still has not been entirely cleared, and the suspects fled potentially in dark-colored SUV. There is no motive known at this time.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said courts and local city and county buildings have been shut down in the area.
David Bowdich, the assistant director of FBI, said, "We do not know if this is a terrorist incident."
Several hundred people inside the building were not injured and taken to a safe location, according to Burguan. As for the meeting that was taking place inside of the facility when the shooting occurred, he does not know the purpose of the meeting. "Preliminary information indicates that these were people that were prepared," Burguan said, and that they had "long guns," though none of those weapons have been recovered. He said the building is "the only active scene that we are working." There are no threats to other facilities at this point.
They have active leads, but they're "not going to talk about it," Burguan added. "At [the] minimum, we have a domestic-type terrorist incident here."
He said the wounded and dead were "centrally" located. "They came in with a purpose, they came in to do something."
Family members of people who were in the building at the time of the shooting shared their loved ones' messages with the Associated Press on camera. Terry Pettit was emotional as he read a text message from his daughter, which read in part, "Pray for us." She is safe.
More than 70 schools in the San Bernardino Unified School District have been on lockdown as a precaution, district officials told ABC 7.
Update: 1:45 p.m.: President Barack Obama has spoken out about the San Bernardino shootings, saying, "Our hearts go out to the victims and the families." He added, "We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world."
A witness told the L.A. Times that the shooter or shooters wearing camouflage and masks opened fire at a meeting room in the Inland Regional Center facility where a party was being held around 11 a.m. The Times' Rick Serrano tweeted that officials believe that the building itself was not targeted, but rather people renting a room in the facility. The possibly targeted group may have been a group of San Bernardino county employees:
Calif mass shooting: Officials think the group renting a meeting room at the health center may have been targeted, and not the bldg itself— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) December 2, 2015
Calif mass shooting:The group that may have been targeted was there for a gathering of San Bernardino county employees.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) December 2, 2015
Evacuees were taken off in school buses to a Shell station near Orange Show Road and Waterman Avenue for interviews, according to the L.A. Times.
Update: 1:00 p.m.: Police found a suspicious device at the site and authorities detonated it with a robot, sources, who asked to remain anonymous because of the active investigation, told the L.A. Times. Authorities also believe one of the suspects is still in the building and are getting a battering ram ready to get into the building.
Although initial reports were of 20 victims, San Bernardino police spokesman Lt. Rich Lawhead told CBS Los Angeles there could be more. They "said there were multiple victims, upwards of 20," Lawhead said. "Again, what, how many and the extent of the injury, I really don't know, and I know we’re still in the process of clearing that scene, and there may be more located."
It's not clear how many people were inside the Inland Regional Center when the shooting occurred, but just yesterday, the facility threw a holiday party:
A White House official told the Times that President Barack Obama has been briefed about the shooting by his Homeland Security advisor, Lisa Monaco. Hillary Clinton tweeted about the attack:
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is requesting that people call them with any info about the active shooters:
Update 12:35 p.m.: Riverside police said that they're searching for male suspects in a black SUV or possibly a GMC Yukon, according to ABC 7.
There are several reports of people in the building calling their loved ones when the shooting began:
.@CrystalCruzCBS reports multiple bystanders received text messages from loved ones from within the building as the shooting began.— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) December 2, 2015
Update 12:20 p.m.: The San Bernardino Fire Department told NBC Los Angeles that the shooting took place near a social services facility that serves people who have developmental disabilities. ABC 7 reports that the building is the nonprofit Inland Regional Center, and that investigators are searching the building.
There were dozens of people seen leaving the building with their hands up just before noon. Marcos Aguilera told ABC 7 his wife was in the building during the shooting, and saw a shooter go into the building next to her office and begin firing. "They locked themselves in her office. They seen bodies on the floor," Aguilera said. She managed to get out unscathed.
Terry Pettit's daughter texted him to let him know that the shooter was in the building and she was hiding with her coworkers, and knows that 10 to 20 people were shot.
There are several agencies on site, including the FBI and SWAT team. USA Today reported that according to police radio reports, authorities were ready to take in 30 hostages that were expected to come out of the building.
San Bernardino authorities told USA Today that there were three active shooters with rifles near a golf course in San Bernardino. Witnesses said they saw the shooters wearing ski masks and vests. There are no suspects in custody at this time.