Active Shooter Reported In San Bernardino, Ca.
Update: According to officials, two of the suspected San Bernardino shooters are dead following a shoot-out with police, and one of the suspected shooters is a female. Late Wednesday authorities identified the suspects killed as Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the woman, and said they had been in a relationship. Farook was a U.S. citizen and an employee of the of the San Bernardino County Health Department. Further details about Malik are not yet known. Police also detained a third individual at the scene, but it's unclear whether or not that person is connected to the shooting at the Inland Regional Center (where officials say they might have found an explosive device).
In a press conference earlier, the San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan confirmed that up to three people opened fire at Inland Regional Center, leaving upwards of 14 people dead, with at least 21 additional people injured. At the time of the press conference, law enforcement was still clearing the scene, and the search for the suspects was ongoing.
Earlier: Around 2:15 p.m. authorities responded to reports of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. While this situation is developing, early reports stated at least one gunman opened fire at a social services facility and there may be as many as 20 victims, three of which have been confirmed dead.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has stated that the situation is still "very active" and the scene, near the 1300 block of South Waterman Avenue, should be avoided. According to Lt. Rich Lawhead and the Associated Press, no arrests have been made, and Sgt. Vicky Cervantes told the AP that police are working to secure the scene. Cervantes also stated that the suspects are heavily armed and may be wearing body armor.
While it is unclear how many shooters there are, a tweet from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department implies there are as many as three perpetrators.
The incident was originally reported by the Fire Department shortly before 11:15 a.m. (PST), and video from the scene shows people lying on the ground. While some have speculated this could be related to last week's Planned Parenthood shooting — as Planned Parenthood does have an office in the area — a representative for the organization told CNBC that the shooting was not at their facility. Instead, reports confirm that the shooting occurred in or near the Inland Regional Center, a state-run facility which serves area residents who have developmental disabilities. According to the IRC's Facebook page, nearly 670 "staff members provide services to more than 30,200 individuals with developmental disabilities."
ACTIVE SHOOTER:Area of Orange Show Rd/ Waterman Ave near Park Center, & surrounding area remains VERY ACTIVE. AVOID! pic.twitter.com/5vG0aYW6IL— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) December 2, 2015
Police did enter the social services facility earlier today; however, when they discovered a suspicious device the officers were pulled back. The bomb squad has been sent in check the device, but what it is/was still remains unclear.
An FBI spokeswoman told NBC News that the agency was sending resources to the shooting scene, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information to come forward.
This story is developing...
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