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: On Wednesday afternoon, a shooting took place at Inland Regional Services in San Bernardino, California, a nonprofit agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. According to the New York Times, more than 670 staff members have served over 30,000 people since the agency was first opened in 1971. While little is known about who the shooters involved in the San Bernardino shooting are, reports are trickling in that upwards of 14 people have been killed, 17 more have been injured, and police confirm that up to three suspects are involved. Police are reportedly in search of one to three suspects who, witnesses told police, left the scene of the shooting in a black SVU. Witnesses also told police they were possibly wearing body armor. Police have confirmed that two suspects are "down."
The horror unfolding in San Bernardino right now is one Americans know all too well. No matter how you look at it, the United States has a problem with gun violence. The shooting is an act of domestic terrorism, the likes of which we saw last take place last week in Colorado Springs, and in Newtown, and in Aurora, and in Virginia. Gun violence has been a hot-button debate amongst gun owners and adversaries alike, and with an election cycle in full swing, it's stayed at the forefront of the conversation. In a number that should absolutely shock you, President Obama has given 11 speeches on gun violence in America. Eleven. In eight years as president, he's spoken about the U.S.'s problem 11 times. It leaves many of us wondering: If we can't trust our policymakers to protect us and to pass laws to protect us, who can we trust? It's not a sentiment of just a marginalized few, either. It's one we all feel.
In the wake of the shooting, social media erupted once again on the topic of gun violence. Some just needed a place to voice their frustrations, their fears, the ways the American government has failed its citizens. Others took to Twitter to use it as a platform for chance, a call to arms to help rather than hurt. And then there were a few who just didn't know where else to go.
If you want a look at why gun violence needs to change, listen to each other. If you want to talk about the ways it affects the American people, listen to each other. Here are the most relevant tweets you need to read about gun violence on social media:
Voices Of Frustration
Our thoughts are with the San Bernardino community. But that’s not enough. We need to do something about our gun violence problem.— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) December 2, 2015
Absolutely disgusted with the violence in this country.. My thoughts are with the victims & families of the victims in San Bernardino— Jeff Forgeron (@WeatherJefe) December 2, 2015
It is repulsive how shootings are becoming more common. All of my support goes to the victims & families of the San Bernardino shooting.— Smam (@Ssimmons123) December 2, 2015
Republican campaign managers: Don't forget to replace "Colorado" with "San Bernardino" when you copy/paste your "thoughts and prayers" tweet— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) December 2, 2015
Maybe it's time to do more than say "enough is enough"? #SanBernardino— RightAsReyna (@CristinaReyna) December 2, 2015
I want to send my thoughts and prayers to San Bernadino, but I forget at which previous mass shooting I left them last.— David Waldman (@KagroX) December 2, 2015
This is just getting out of hand… these shootings are becoming way too normal of a story. #SanBernardino— Anthony Fonte (@af_design) December 2, 2015
A Call For Change
The notion that we should pause to mourn the victims before "politicizing" #SanBernardino is total bullshit. Gun violence IS political.— Bruce Holsinger (@bruceholsinger) December 2, 2015
A Look At The Numbers
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