Two to three suspects of mass murder are at large and being hunted by police. The suspects, considered to still be active and dangerous, opened fire at the Inland Regional Center in the 1300 block of S. Waterman in San Bernadino, California. The center serves individuals with developmental disabilities and has approximately 670 employees. A manager stated that around 200 were on duty at the time. Police are reporting 14 people shot and 17 people wounded.
The identities of the suspects is unknown. This story will be continually updated below.
FOX News’ Trace Gallagher reports that witnesses have said the attack may have all happened in one of the rooms of a regional facility. Reportedly, two suspects walked in wearing ski masks and body armor or bulletproof vests. The attackers are reported to have walked into a room and opened fire. Other witnesses reported another person dressed in camouflage attempting to exit the building. Police barricaded the building and the suspect reentered the building.
Police were on a training exercise nearby and were able to respond to the situation very quickly.
The San Bernadino Police Department tweeted.
Hard Closure at Orange Show Rd/ Waterman and Park Center Circle in San Bernardino. AVOID THE AREA POLICE ACTIVITY!
— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) December 2, 2015
The situation is still ongoing with the suspects still loose.
A suspicious device has been found and police are evacuating the building. Police have moved out all first responders are are sending in a robotic device to investigate and detonate the device if necessary.
— Gadi Schwartz (@GadiNBCLA) December 2, 2015
A makeshift hospital/triage area has been set up in an intersection as victims await transportation to the hospital.
There are reportedly people hiding within the building. Streets are closed and police are asking people to avoid the area.
Update, 12:12 pm Pacific
There are three confirmed suspects. All are armed, considered dangerous and are not in police custody. Police are unsure if the suspects are inside the building or if they are somewhere else in the area Authorities are also looking for an SUV that was seen leaving the site of the attack and mass murder.
Update, 12:17 pm Pacific
Bearing Arms reports that the Inland Regional Center is a gun free zone.
Update, 12:25 pm Pacific
FOX News reports that a bomb squad has entered the building. They also reported that police believe that at least one of the shooters may possibly be inside the building. They have requested battering rams. The building is on the lockdown. The suspects are heavily armed.
The Los Angeles Times reports that there was a Christmas party going on inside the building with the suspects attacked.
Update, 12:38 pm Pacific
The LA Times reports that police now say they believe there were three shooters and that all three shooters escaped.
Police are asking that anyone with tips leading to the capture of these suspects call 1-800-78-CRIME.
Update, 12:48 pm Pacific
Employees of a nearby business reported seeing two males taking off black clothing near an overpass.
Police are using #WatermanIncident for those following this incident. The confirmed dead has been updated to be three and not 12. Police have put together a Quick Response Team and are staying mobile in case the assailants attack somewhere else in the city.
Update, 12:55 pm Pacific
FOX News reports that the suspects are confirmed to have been in tactical gear. There are reports that an SUV matching the description of the one that left the scene of the attack has been spotted in vacant restaurant parking lot.
Update, 12:59 pm Pacific
Doors are now locked at the San Bernardino City Hall and surrounding businesses.
Update, 1:10 pm Pacific
The conference room that was attacked while a Christmas party was taking place was not occupied by center employees. It had been rented out by an outside group.
Update, 1:18 pm Pacific
Man in camouflage seen heading towards local shopping mall in tactical shorts and “long beard.” There are also reports of an armed man at the Waterman Discount Mall. The mall is being evacuated.
Update, 1:28 pm Pacific
The suspect seen at Waterman Discount Mall was seen entering the mall from the back, leaving through the front then running north.
Update, 1:38 pm Pacific
The San Diego Tribune reports that a region-wide broadcast by the San Bernardino Police Department indicated unconfirmed reports that the suspects were male, of Middle Eastern origin, armed with AK-47s and wearing body armor.
Update, 1:55 pm Pacific
All schools in San Bernardino are on lockdown.
Update, 1:57 pm Pacific
At a press conference, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan indicate that upwards of 14 people are dead and upwards of 14 people are wounded. They said these numbers are subject to change. The suspects are still on the loose. They do not know who they are or what their motives were.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said that courts and city buildings have been put on lockdown. Law enforcement presence has been increased at all public hospitals.
The FBI says that they do not know yet whether this is a terrorist incident.
Update, 2:32 pm Pacific
Story has been updated that police are now reporting 14 people are dead and 14 are wounded.
Update, 2:56 pm Pacific
Two suspects are being held at gunpoint via police scanner. No other details.
Update, 3:06 pm Pacific
Police are involved in a high speed chase into a Target lot. It is a dark colored Chevy SUV northbound Allen from Mill Street. It is unknown whether this is related to the attack earlier this morning. Four officers now chasing suspect through parking lot.
Update, 3:11 pm Pacific
Multiple shots fired and medical aide called for at San Bernardino and Sheridan, west of Inland. Suspect is described as male, dark-skinned. A suspect is down and an officer is down. Police are calling for a bear cat.
Update, 3:23 pm Pacific
Police have said they have a possible suspect detained.
Update, 3:30 pm Pacific
Police have spotted a man laying in the back of the SUV. He has an AR-15 strapped to his chest.
It is being reported that there is a pipe bomb at 1730 san bernardino ave about 2 miles from the original attack. There are reports of numerous pipe bombs.
Update, 3:35 pm Pacific
Police are blocking the north side of San Bernardino Ave.
Update, 3:55 pm Pacific
SWAT sent a team to an associated address in Redlands. The occupants of the establishment are described as female Arabic.
Update, 4:05 pm Pacific
Suspect may be barricaded inside a church.
Update, 4:09 pm Pacific
FOX News is reporting that, according to police, one suspect may still be on the loose.
Update, 5:41 pm Pacific
Chief Jarrod Burguan said that there was a potential explosive device in the building that was the target of the attack. Burgeon said that their investigation led them to a home in Redlands. A vehicle left when the officers were there. A pursuit ensued and there was a gunfire exchange between two suspects and the offers. Two suspects, a man and a woman, were killed. An officer received non-life threatening injuries.
The suspects that were killed at the scene were dressed in assault-style clothing. They were both armed with assault rifles and handguns. Police are taking a sensitive approach in case there are more explosives there.
David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI in the LA office, said they are bringing in FBI resources to assist in the investigation. Agents are at the house in Redlands searching for what could be inside, proceeding cautiously in case there are additional explosives.
Bowdich said he knows one of the big questions that is coming up is whether this is terrorism. He said they are not willing to go down that road yet. He described this as a marathon, not a sprint. He said the investigators will go where the evidence takes them. He said there are few potential things that could indicate that this is terrorism, but he is still not willing do go down that road. He described the situation as fluid.
Authorities will not give any indication as to the ethnicity of the suspects involved, even those who are dead.
Burguon was asked about the report that there someone left the Christmas party angrily then returned shooting. He responded that while someone did leave, he has no indication that the person who aided in committing the attack was the one who left.
He reiterated again that the attackers came dressed and equipped to inflict harm.
FOX News’ Catherine Herridge said that the FBI is now heavily involved in this investigation and has indicated that there is a possibility that this was an act of terrorism. She said that the FBI would not be so involved if this was simply a local matter.
Update, 9:24 pm Pacific:
FOX News reports that the original story which was driving the workplace violence narrative has been debunked. The original report was that there was an argument at the Christmas party, someone left, returned, and began shooting. Many, including this writer, doubted the validity of such a possibility given the how well-planned the attack was including weaponry, bombs, body armor, explosives and booby traps.
Adam Housley, FOX News reporter out of Los Angeles, now reports that Syed Farook was indeed at the Inland Regional Center, but he went there to see if it was a soft target, to case the location. He went there to see if there was security or if it would be an easy hit.
Update, 10:00 pm Pacific:
A Joint Terrorism Task Force has been formed to be ready if necessary in the investigation of this attack. FOX News also reports that the attackers may have had GoPro video cameras attached to their weapons.
This story is developing.