Celebrities React To Shooting In San Bernardino, & They're As Upset As You Would Think
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: Information is still being released about the mass shooting that occurred in California late Wednesday morning. In the immediate aftermath, celebrities reacted on Twitter to the San Bernardino shooting. The San Bernardino Police Department has confirmed several facts about the incident thus far. In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, authorities confirmed upwards of 14 people were killed and at least 17 more wounded, but cautioned that those were preliminary numbers. They have also said that there up to three shooters, none of whom are in custody. The first call came in to 911 around 11:00 a.m. PST. The police are now searching for a dark-colored SUV seen fleeing the area.
The scene of the shooting was the Inland Regional Center, which provides a range of disability services. It's been reported that most of the victims were employees who had gathered in a conference room for a work party.
Some of the first celebrities to react to the situation were government officials and presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley both used the moment as a call to action on gun control and the need for political change.
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
Donald Trump spoke up in support of police, as did Jeb Bush.
California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2015
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 2, 2015
Other celebs have been quick to speak out as well:
I'm sick of men with guns killing us.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 2, 2015
Saddened for the victims. Monthly/ bi-monthly mass shootings in America. One commonality: access to guns.— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) December 2, 2015
Then we have an idiot problem in this country. Either we get rid of the idiots or we get rid of the guns. https://t.co/Fct4iaJkFD— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 2, 2015
"find locate and apprehend the suspects" then tear out their eyeballs and take their long guns and shove them up their asses— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
Honestly, what do we say at this point? If we aren't willing to change gun laws when the most vulnerable among us are killed, we never will.— roxane gay (@rgay) December 2, 2015
Gun control. I want f***ing gun control. No more mass shootings. #SanBernadino— Kaitlyn Black (@kaitlyn_black29) December 2, 2015
We're about two weeks away from a mass shooting breaking out during a mass shooting.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 2, 2015
Talk show host, Montel Williams, offered his condolences to the community.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those still in danger in Sam Bernadino - https://t.co/iiKHeRcbvS— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) December 2, 2015
There is an outcry on social media about politicizing the shooting, but it's hard not to think about changing the system that allows such regular and undeserved deaths.
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