“Three white males” are the shooters according to the first report. But not so. It’s three “Middle Eastern looking males” while one Farooq Saeed has been apprehended. Still unconfirmed at this point. Saeed worked at the center and was seen ‘acting strange’ right before the attack.
Riverside police dispatchers have broadcast a general advisory that the suspects involved in the shootings in San Bernardino may have fled in a black GMC Yukon, heading northbound on Waterman Avenue, roughly 40 minutes ago.
The broadcast indicated there were unconfirmed reports the suspects were male and of Middle Eastern origin, “armed with AK-47s and wearing body armor.”
BREAKING NEWS: At least 12 people dead and eight injured in mass shooting inside a California learning disability center as police hunt for three ‘white men dressed in ski masks and military gear’
- Local reports suggest shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center on South Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino
- San Bernardino Fire Department sent out first tweet about shooting in progress shortly after 11am local time
- SWAT team is on the scene on South Waterman Avenue, along with FBI and ATF agents
- Police are looking for up to three male gunmen dressed in military gear and ski masks and armed with AK-47s
- Suspects are believed to have fled the scene in a black SUV
- Bomb squad used a robot to detonate an apparent explosive device left at the scene
- The San Bernardino center was reportedly hosting a banquet for county employees Wednesday morning
By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com|
At least 12 people are believed to have been killed and eight others injured in a mass shooting at a center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California.
San Bernardino police are reportedly scouring the area for up to three white males dressed in tactical gear and ski masks and armed with AK-47s who are believed to have carried out the morning attacks.
Police are now searching for a black SUV that the suspects were believed to have fled in after leaving behind a suspicious device.
The scene is still being reported as an active shooter situation.
Members of a SWAT team are seen on the scene of a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
People are pictured being evacuated from the car park after the shooting at 11.30am Pacific Time.
Workers wept as they sat on the make-shift triage unit minutes after the shooting at Inland Regional Center.
The San Bernardino Fire Department tweeted at around 11am local time that first responders were on the scene in 1300 block of South Waterman Avenue.
The station KABC reported, citing law enforcement sources, the shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a non-profit organization for people with disabilities.
The 44-year-old organization has 670 employees and works with more than 30,000 people in San Bernardino and Riverside to help normalize their lives, according to the center’s Facebook page.
Marybeth Feild, the president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, said the shooting happened in the conference area of a building that houses at least 25 employees as well as a library.
According to Feild, an outside group was renting the conference center today. According to local reports, a banquet for county workers was being held at the center.
A day before the shooting, the San Bernardino center hosted a children’s Christmas party.
While most of the center’s youngest patients only come in for appointments, some of the most disabled are permanent residents.
A video posted on Twitter showed wheelchair-bound children beaming as they danced to the song Celebrate in one of the center’s halls.
And pictures posted to the center’s official Facebook page show children receiving presents from Santa Claus.
SWAT teams have been called in to clear the scene, according to Los Angeles News reporter Doug Sanders.
Emergency services treat victims on the tarmac as police issued alerts to find as many as three shooters.
SWAT teams swarm the center, which has 670 employees and 30,000 patients, shortly before midday.
The three gunmen were allegedly wearing bulletproof armor, armed with rifles, and left a suspicious package.
One woman lies one the floor as her colleague wails in tears in the makeshift treatment center.
This is another one of the people who sustained gunshot wounds when the men opened fire at 11.30am
One of the victims is carried out of the center, where they started doing active shooter drills last year.
More than 200 staff members were ushered into a waiting area to be shuttled to a safe zone.
MedEvac helicopters were also seen flying into the area to evacuate victims, Sanders tweeted.
A bomb squad used a robot to detonate an apparent explosive device left at the scene, the Los Angeles Timesreported, citing anonymous sources. FBI and ATF agents are on the scene.
Shortly before noon, dozens of people were seen existing the building with their hands up. Others were seen being taken away by paramedics on gurneys.
Victims are being transported to Loma Linda Medical University.
Marcos Aquilera told KABC his wife was in the Inland building when a shooter burst in and opened fire.
‘They locked themselves in her office. They seen bodies on the floor,’ Aguilera said.
People inside the building sent panicked texts to friends and relatives as the gunmen armed with what has been described by CNN as AK-47s stormed the center.
A woman named Holly who works at the learning center where the shooting took place texted her father, Terry Pettit: ‘Shooting at my work. People shot. Waiting for cops to catch him. Pray for us.’
Pettit replied: ‘Hide find a good spot hide now.’
Holly said: ‘I am but we are locked in an office. Cops SWAT helicopter, everything here.’
Pettit told KABC his daughter told him 10 to 20 people were shot.
A man whose son was in the building at the time said the victims saw three shooters.