CA shooting rampage kills 14

Police chief says deadly attack is a "domestic terrorism incident"

December 2, 2015


Members of the San Bernardino Fire Department treat survivors of the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center.
Credit: @DarelleBah - Twitter.com

Upwards of 14 people have been confirmed to have died in a shooting at a social services center in San Bernardino, CA Wednesday morning. According to the city's police chief, Jarrod Burguan, at least 17 others were seriously wounded.

Calling it a "domestic terrorism incident," the chief said law enforcement officials are seeking as many as three suspects who may have been masked and attacked the facility with "long guns." Most of the victims were in a single area of the Inland Regional Center.

The police chief said the shooters "came prepared to do what they did as if they were on a mission."

The shooting has attracted a major law enforcement response with members of the city police, San Bernardino County Sheriff's department, the FBI and ATF.

Local schools, courts and other public buildings have been locked down in the city. Area hospitals are also being guarded by an increased security presence.

According to the center's Facebook page, a holiday party was held at the center on Tuesday and there were plans for a dance on Friday. The police chief said he did not know what the area of the building that may have been targeted was being used for at the time of the attack.

In California, regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

President Obama said the incident reflects a "pattern now of mass shootings that has no parallel anywhere else in the world."

Wednesday's incident in California comes less than a week after a public violence incident in Colorado Springs where a gunman killed three people and injured a number of others.


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