Police Chase Of Black SUV In San Bernardino Ends In Shootout
A police chase ended in a shootout this afternoon in San Bernardino, just hours after a mass shooting at the nearby Inland Regional Center.
The SWAT team was called in after police began pursuing a black SUV shortly before 3 p.m. The chase ended in a shootout, and news helicopters showed a bullet-ridden black SUV surrounded by armored SWAT cars in the 1700 block of San Bernardino Avenue. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said one suspect was down, and that it's not clear if this was related to today's shooting at Inland Regional Center that left at least 14 people dead and 17 people injured:
There is an active scene unfolding in San Bernardino. Preliminary info is a suspect is down, officers are ok. Not confirmed if related.— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) December 2, 2015
However, police believe the events are connected, according to Fox 11's Gigi Graciette.
Here are photos of the standoff and the black SUV:
Update 4:50 p.m.: Sources told NBC News that one suspect was killed and another unresponsive. A third suspect may be on the loose, and news helicopters are showing police going on a search from house to house. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department tweeted that people in the San Bernardino area south of San Bernardino Avenue and east of Mount View stay inside their homes with their doors locked.
NBC L.A.'s Gadi Schwartz tweeted out a video taken by a witness where you can hear the gunfire ring in the shootout in San Bernardino earlier this afternoon: