14 Dead and 17 Injured in Mass Shooting at the Inland Regional Center during a Christmas Party in San Bernardino (Update: Suspects ID’s as Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik), CA
14 people have been killed and 17 injured, many still in critical condition, as a mass shooting took place at the Inland Regional Center during a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California. The violence occurred at about 11 AM PT. Two shooters who were wearing “assault-style clothing” and body armor and were armed with rifles (AR-15′s) opened fire at a local government agency’s holiday party at the Inland Regional Center. Following the mass murders, the two were seen fleeing in a black SUV.
FNN: Extensive Coverage of Mass Shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA
At least two gun-wielding assailants opened fire on a holiday party for county employees Wednesday, killing 14 people in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre three years ago this month.
In between were four hours of terror that brought the city of San Bernardino to a standstill. Fearful residents sheltered in homes, emergency responders rushed to get bleeding victims to safety, and dozens of law enforcement officers were embroiled in a car chase that took them from a residential street in nearby Redlands to a shootout back in San Bernardino that left both suspects dead, an officer wounded and one more community permanently changed.
Police did not know where Malik was born or where she lived. A third suspect who had been seen fleeing the shootout was also taken into custody, though it was not clear whether he had been associated with the attack.
Asked about the third suspect, Burguan replied, “Right now, as we continue to drill down our information, it looks like we have two shooters. We are comfortable that the two shooters that went into the building are the two shooters that are deceased.”
The two gunmen in the San Bernardino massacre were officially named by authorities early Thursday, as 28-year-old Syed R. Farook and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik.
Some hours after committing the mass shooting, the two were killed after a car chase and a gunfight with police, with Ms. Malik driving and Mr. Farook shooting at pursuing police cars out the window.
Mr. Farook was an environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County government, which gave him access without suspicion to the building where the pair killed 14 people and wounded 17 others.
UPDATE II:So was it terrorism or work place violcence, you make the call …
An FBI spokesman said in the afternoon he was “still not willing to say” if the shooting was related to terrorism, but added that it was certainly a “possibility.” The agent said that there is a “number of potential” clues that suggest it could be.