Police in San Bernardino, California, responded to an active shooter incident at a centre for people with developmental disabilities on 2 December. Officials have confirmed the death toll stands at 14, with the number of injured at 17. Authorities have also confirmed that two suspects, a male and female, are dead. A third suspect is in custody, but police have not confirmed whether he is connected to the shooting.
CNN is reporting that Syed Farook, believed to be one of the suspects, is a US citizen. The Council on American Islamic Relations has condemned the attacks during a news conference. Chair of the Islamic Council of South California Muzammil Siddiqi asks that Islam not be condemned because of the attacks. Farook's brother-in-laws, Farhan Khan, spoke during the conference and said he was in "shock".
What is known:
- Death toll: 14. Injured: 17.
- Two suspects, a male and a female, are dead after a police shootout. These suspects were found with AR-15s and handguns while wearing dark, tactical clothing.
- A third suspect, who was seen leaving the area of the shootout, was arrested. It remains unclear if this person is directly connected to the shooting.
- One of the suspects has been identified by several news outlets as Syed Farook. NBC News says a law enforcement official believes another suspect may be Farook's brother.
- Investigators continue to search Inland Regional Center, where they believe they have found an explosive device.
- Federal authorities continue to search a property in neighbouring Redlands, California.
- The Los Angeles branch of Council on American–Islamic Relations released a statement condemning the attack. "We condemn this horrific and revolting attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured," executive director Hussam Ayloush said.
The New York Daily News has tweeted a preview of its front page for 3 December. The cover, which claims "God Isn't Fixing This," has launched a conversation about the Republican politicians' response to the now all-to-common mass shootings in the US.
The ATF's Meredith Baxter tells KTLA that no weapons were recovered from the third suspect arrested.
KTLA is reporting that the two dead suspects were found with AR-15s. The male and female suspects also had handguns and were wearing dark tactical clothing.
The situation in Redlands, California has escalated. The FBI is reportedly moving the perimeter around a Redlands property is being expanded. Local media reports that authorities have established a mandatory evacuation in the surrounding area. The AP also reported that officers in riot gear, a bomb squad and armoured vehicles were outside the home and appeared have brought robot devices.
The ATF is now confirming that the object previously believed to be a pipe bomb was not an explosive. The Associated Press reported that the ATF's Meredith Davis stated the thick-gauge copper pipe was fitted with a piece of material made to look like a wick.
NBC News is reporting that one of the suspects has been identified as Syed Farook, while another is believed to be his brother. Police have not confirmed the identities of the suspects.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confirmed that two rifles and two handguns were recovered. Police Chief Jarrod Burguan previously confirmed that the two dead suspects were found with handguns and rifles.
Islamic State (Isis) extremists have reportedly praised the San Bernardino shooting online. According to Vocativ, the extremists have launched the hashtag #America_Burning as police searched for the suspects.
"Three lions made us proud. They are still alive," one IS supporter tweeted in Arabic. "California streets are full with soldiers with heavy weapons. The Unites States is burning #America_Burning #Takbir"
What is known-
- Death toll remains at 14, with 17 others injured.
- Two suspects, a male and a female, were killed during a shootout with police. They were carrying assault rifles and handguns and were dressed in tactical gear.
- A third suspect has been arrested but it is unclear if this person is connected to the shooting.
- Police expect to hold another press conference between 8.30-9pm PT (4.30-5am GMT)
Burguan said that there was a dispute at the holiday party and that a person who left but it is unclear if that person is one of the shooters.
Burguan confirms that a suspect has been detained but police are unsure if that person is connected to the shooting. He also confirms that police still do not have a motive.
FBI spokesman David Bowdich says federal agents are searching the home in Redlands and are unsure of what is there. Bowdich confirms that there is a third suspect.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan confirms that police are still searching the Inland Regional Center due to a potential explosive device. Two suspects, a man and a woman, were armed with assault rifles and handguns and are were killed during the police shootout.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center confirmed that it is treating five patients from the shooting. One of those patients is in critical but stable condition and four others are in fair condition. The hospital confirmed that another patient had already been discharged.
The Washington Post reported that a local law enforcement official confirmed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found a suspected pipe bomb on one of the suspects and that the FBI has taken over the investigation. Law enforcement officials said that several devices were thrown from the SUV during the police chase.
The Associated Press confirmed reports that police are serving a warrant to a home in Redlands, California directly connected to the shooting in San Bernardino.
Loma Linda Hospital spokeswoman confirms that five adult patients were brought into the hospital. Two of those patients remain critical but stable, two more are fair and one is still being evaluated. The spokeswoman confirmed that the hospital did receive a bomb threat, that was later deemed not credible.
The Association of Regional Center Agencies – Inland Regional Center, where the shooting occurred, released the following statement:
Today, multiple people were shot and killed. We do not have official information as to the names of the victims, the intended targets, or the motives behind this. As we receive confirmed information, we will update our community.
What we do have are heavy hearts, knowing innocent lives were cut short. Regional centers connect families and people with developmental disabilities to services and supports. They are places of connection and community. Any act of violence is a tragedy. But in a place focused on service to people with developmental disabilities, it is even harder to comprehend.
California Governor Jerry Brown has released a statement on today's shooting:
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."
Out of respect for Californians affected by today's tragedy, this evening's annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be canceled. Although the ceremony is canceled, the Christmas tree will still be illuminated at 5.00pm.
Capitol flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims and their families.
What is known-
- Death toll stands at 14 and at least 17 others have been injured.
- One police officer has been injured but authorities say his condition "is not life threatening".
- San Bernardino Police is asking residents south of San Bernardino Ave east of Mt. View stay in their homes with doors locked and secure.
- At least one suspect, possibly two, are reportedly down, with police saying "there is still possibly a suspect outstanding".