Police: One CA mass shooting suspect identified; 2 suspects dead

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – The latest on a shooting at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California (all times EST):

10:40 p.m.

A law enforcement official has identified Syed Farook as one of the suspects in a mass shooting in Southern California.

The official, who was briefed on the case, was not authorized to speak to the media about the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police say two suspects – a man and a woman – were killed in a gunbattle with police after the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Police say another person who was spotted running near the gunbattle was detained but they have said it is unclear if that person had anything to do with the shooting.

The official did not provide more details.

9:50 p.m.

Meredith Davis, a spokeswoman with ATF, told a local TV station the two suspects who died in a shootout with police after the mass killing in California were each armed with a long gun and a handgun.

They were wearing tactical-style clothing that was “loaded with magazines for a gunfight,” she said Wednesday.

Davis said the suspects also threw a thick-gauge copper pipe out of the SUV, but no explosives were found inside.

The fake pipe bomb was equipped with a piece of material made to look like a wick.

Authorities are tracing the serial numbers on the guns and authorities will be dispatched to those addresses.

9:48 p.m.

NBC News cites multiple sources naming one of the attackers as Syed Farook. Farook’s brother may have also been involved. The female suspect’s identity is unknown.

9:40 p.m.

Law enforcement officers are calling for people to come to the front door of a home in Redlands, California, where tips led authorities investigating the deadly shooting at a social services center.

One of them called out: “This is the FBI.” Officers in riot gear, a bomb squad unit and armored vehicles are outside Wednesday night. They appear to have brought in robot devices.

It’s unclear if anyone is inside the home.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan has said an SUV was seen leaving the residence earlier, leading to a police pursuit and a gunbattle that killed two suspects in the shooting that left 14 people dead in neighboring San Bernardino.

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9:15 p.m.

The FBI is looking at several possibilities for what drove shooters to kill 14 people at a California social services center.

David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles, says one possibility is workplace violence and another is “terrorism.”

He did not elaborate. Wednesday’s shooting left at least 14 dead in San Bernardino.

Police say two suspects, one male and one female, are dead after a shootout with police.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan says authorities found what they believe is an explosive device at the Inland Regional Center where the mass shooting occurred.

Burguan also says one other person was detained who was seen running near a gunbattle, but it’s not clear if that person is connected to the mass shooting.

8:45 p.m.

Police say two suspects, one male and one female, are dead after the shooting at a Southern California social services center.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan also said at a news conference Wednesday evening that authorities found what they believe is an explosive device at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Bomb squads were working on it.

The FBI says it’s a possibility that the shooting is “terrorism.”

Burguan says the suspects were wearing “assault-style clothing” and were both armed with assault rifles and handguns.

Police detained a third individual, who was seen running from the scene. It’s still unclear if that person was involved in the mass shooting.

8:39 P.M.

The police chief says two suspects, one male and one female, are dead after the mass shooting in Southern California. The suspects were dressed in “assault-style” clothing, the chief said. Both suspects were armed.

8:38 p.m.

The police chief says a potential explosive device was found at the scene of the mass shooting in California.

7:35 p.m.

A witness says he saw a black SUV pull slowly away from a Southern California social services center where gunmen opened fire as people ran frantically from the building.

Glenn Willwerth says he locked up his paper business across the street and went outside with a gun. He heard 10 to 15 shots and saw an SUV with blacked-out windows drive away.

Authorities say at least 14 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Willwerth described seeing people carry one injured woman out. He also saw a pair of empty boots on a sidewalk, followed by a trail of blood.

Police say a gunbattle between occupants of an SUV and police not far from the original shooting scene left one suspect shot. Another is possibly “outstanding.”

8:05 p.m.

Police are serving a search warrant on a home in Redlands, California, in connection with the deadly shooting at a social services facility in neighboring San Bernardino.

City spokesman Carl Baker says Redlands police are assisting San Bernardino police in the search connected to the Wednesday morning shooting that killed at least 14 people and wounded more than a dozen others.

7:24 p.m.

NBC News is reporting one of the suspects is dead. A second suspect is unresponsive. There is an ongoing search for a third suspect, NBC reports.

7:20 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown says the shooting at a social services facility in Southern California is a brutal attack. He said in a statement that “California will spare no effort in bringing these killers to justice.” The governor was scheduled to light the Capitol Christmas tree Wednesday evening, but his office said the ceremony will be canceled.

Authorities say gunmen killed at least 14 people and wounded more than a dozen others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes says one suspect was shot in a gunbattle with officers and there is still possibly a suspect “outstanding.”

Armored police vehicles are surrounding a dark-colored SUV with shattered windows on a residential street.

7:15 p.m.

Police say one suspect in the deadly shooting at a social services facility in Southern California has been shot in a gunbattle with officers.

San Bernardino police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes said Wednesday that there is still possibly a suspect “outstanding.” Cervantes would not elaborate, and the condition of the suspect was not known. She says an officer was hurt in the shootout and went to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Armored police vehicles are surrounding a dark-colored SUV with shattered windows on a residential street.

Authorities say gunmen killed at least 14 people and wounded more than a dozen others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

7:00 p.m.

Officials say one police officer was injured. The officer’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Police believe one suspect is still at large. One suspect is in custody, authorities say.

6:54 p.m.

Police in San Bernardino, California say shots have been fired and a suspect is down near a dark-colored SUV not far from a social service center where at least 14 people were killed.

It’s unclear if the suspect is related to the deadly shooting today in Southern California. Television footage shows armored vehicles blocking the SUV on a residential street.

Officials say as many as three gunmen believed to be wearing military-style gear opened fire at a social services center, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than a dozen others in what authorities described as a targeted mission.

6:20 p.m.

Police are pointing guns at a dark-colored SUV with shattered windows on a residential street. Police have said that the suspects in the deadly shooting Wednesday at a social services facility in Southern California may have fled in a dark SUV.

Officers were keeping their distance, pointing their weapons at the vehicle, while more police raced to the scene.

Local media said there appeared to be a person on the ground, but it was unclear who that person was or what the person’s injuries may be.

UPDATE: NBC News reports there is “major police activity in San Bernardino.” The shooting suspects “appear to be cornered and shooting it out with police,” Lester Holt tweeted.

Authorities now say 17 people were injured in the shooting. Fourteen people were killed.

UPDATE: Authorities say 10 of the 14 people wounded in a deadly shooting at a Southern California social services center were taken to hospitals in critical condition.

Fire Chief Tom Hannemann says three people were in serious condition. Authorities say an additional 14 victims were killed in the gunfire at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA  – The president and CEO of the Southern California social services center where gunmen opened fire says the shooting happened in a conference area where the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health was having a banquet.

Marybeth Feild of the Inland Regional Center was not at the facility but says she is in contact with many employees. She says they told her the shooting happened Wednesday during a banquet for the health department. The building’s employees serve people with developmental disabilities.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan estimates at least 14 people have been killed and about 14 wounded. Burguan says police are looking for up to three shooters.

He noted that most people were killed and wounded in same area. Authorities say bomb squads checked unidentifiable items in the center, but they didn’t know if the gunmen brought those items.

Police say that the suspects may have fled in a dark-colored SUV.

Authorities have locked down courts and increased police presence at other public facilities but didn’t know the motive of the attack.

Earlier in the day, San Bernardino police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes told KCBS-TV that she believed the shooters were wearing “military-style” attire.

Multiple police agencies responded to the scene, including SWAT teams. Sgt. Cervantes says police are working to secure the scene in the inland region east of Los Angeles.

Dozens of people filed out of the building, holding their hands in their air. Triage units are being set up in the area, and some people have been seen being wheeled away on gurneys.

A hospital says it’s received four patients in its trauma center after a shooting at a social services facility in Southern California. Briana Pastorino, spokeswoman for Loma Linda University Medical Center, says she didn’t know their conditions. She says the hospital expects to get three more patients.

The first reports of the shooting came in around 11 a.m. (PST).

A reporter for KNBC TV who is at the scene said he saw the bodies of three people. He described it as an “incredibly large scene.” The KNBC TV reporter said that many families have arrived at the scene, hoping to learn the status of their loved ones, who were in the building.

Tampa Bay area residents respond to California shooting

Some Tampa Bay area residents expressed shock, anger, disappointment and outrage. For others, it seems mass shootings have become the new normal.

News Channel 8 asked Sarah Mcafe of Hillsborough County if Wednesday’s shooting surprised her. She said that it didn’t.

“It happens so often,” Mcafe said. “It’s sad.”

We asked her if people are becoming immune to these types of situations.  She noted, “It’s horrible. I don’t know, just because it does happen so often.”

“We’re going to be hearing a lot more of it because of social media,” Marcos Del Lafuente of Hillsborough County told News Channel 8. “I mean, trust me,” Lafuente said about the frequency of mass shootings. “It’s crazy.”

Tampa Police SWAT trains for active shooter scenarios

When Tampa Police Corporal Jared Douds watches active shooter situations unfold, he wonders how his team would react. Douds trains the Tampa Police Department’s SWAT team.

“We understand that we need to have our officers prepared for any eventuality on the street. This unfortunately is one of them,” Douds said. “We want to make sure our officers are keeping the people in our community as safe as possible.”

Recent events prove mass shootings can happen just about anywhere, from college campuses to a Planned Parenthood office. “This could happen any place, and we want to make sure if in the eventuality if anything were to threaten the citizens of Tampa, we want to make sure our officers are as prepared as possible,” Douds said.

Douds, and other SWAT team members won’t go into specifics on training, for tactical reasons, but they do watch closely as events happen in other places.  “Certainly we pay attention to not only what’s going on nationwide, but what’s going on worldwide,” Douds said. “And as a result, we take that information, we look at these incidents, we look at what the offenders are doing … We look at successful and unsuccessful responses by other law enforcement, and we’re constantly adjusting our response tactics and training to account for that.”

“To that end, we’ve had a lot of buy-in from the community where they’ve allowed us to come out and work in different venues and actually have officers come out and conduct training to make it as realistic as possible and as practical as possible to keep them on the cutting edge,” he added.

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Terry Petit says he got a text from his daughter saying she was hiding after gunfire erupted at the social services facility in Southern California where she works. Petit choked back tears Wednesday as he read the texts for reporters outside Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. He says she wrote: “People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”

The social services facility is called the Inland Regional Center. The facility’s Facebook page said Inland Regional Center provides services to people with developmental disabilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Shooting location:

The shooting incident is on the 1300 block of South Waterman.

A gas station manager near the site of a shooting in Southern California says there is a flood of police activity in the area. Ana Fuentes, manager of a Shell station about a block from the scene, estimates that there are about 150 police officers flooding the area. She said she hasn’t gotten any instructions to stay inside but that customers coming in told her about the shootings at Inland Regional Center. The center says on its website that it provides social services to people with developmental disabilities.

Further details were not immediately available. Stay with wfla.com for more on this breaking story.

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