California Shooting 2015 Update: A man and a woman with links to the San Bernardino shooting that led to the deaths of 14 people and wounded 17 others died in a fire exchange with the police after a car chase.
The perpetrators of the shooting have not been identified as yet.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that the attackers of the shooting fled from their home in Redlands when the police arrived. The suspects were chased into San Bernardino, where in a fire exchange they were killed and one officer was injured but is expected to survive. After the gunfire, Burguan tweeted, “Suspects are down, one officer wounded. Details still unfolding.” It could not be determined whether there is a third suspect on the loose. Burguan urged residents to not step out of their houses.
According to Los Angeles Times, the chase followed a tragic incident where gunmen opened fire at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center, a social services office for people suffering from developmental disabilities. A conference area where a social event was being held by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health was where the attack took place, according to the center’s president, Maybeth Field.
While the FBI officials said they did not know whether it was a terrorist attack, local police said it could have been an act of domestic terrorism. BBC’s James Cook said, “I think what they are getting at there, following the Paris attacks, is that they do not have any direct suggestion at this stage that this is an Islamist-style terrorist attack. Rather, if it is a terrorist attack it is perhaps some kind if home-grown terrorist attack here in the US.”
After the shooting, all county schools, city government buildings and courthouses were placed on lockdown. School officials said that there was no danger or threat to students.
Burguan said during a news briefing that it was “preliminary” to say whether the party was the focus of the shooting. He further said, “We have no information at this point to indicate that this is terrorist related, in the traditional sense that people may be thinking. Obviously, at a minimum, we have a domestic terrorist-type situation that occurred here.”
Obama reacts to the California shooting 2015
As reported by BBC, President Barack Obama said of the shooting, “One thing we do know is that we have a pattern of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere in the world. There are some steps that we could take, not to eliminate all incidents, but to make sure they happen less frequently.”
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The Inland Regional Center has 670 employees. According to the center’s Facebook page, it serves people suffering from developmental disabilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In the last 40 years, it has provided care and services to in excess of 30,200 people with developmental disabilities and their families. The center, it said, is “built on the foundation of three core values — independence, inclusion, and empowerment. In following these core values, we hope to help provide each individual with a service system that helps identify and eliminate barriers for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families so they can closely live a typical lifestyle.”