14 people killed in shooting at San Bernardino social services facility
By ABC7.com staff
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) --
Police said up to 14 people were killed when one or more gunmen
opened fire at a San Bernardino social services facility on Wednesday.
shooting took place at the Inland Regional Center, a nonprofit that
works with individuals with developmental disabilities, at 1365 S.
Waterman Avenue. The complex is comprised of three buildings. Sgt. Vicki
Cervantes with San Bernardino police said the shooting occurred during
some type of scheduled event at the facility.
In addition to the fatalities, San Bernardino police Chief Jarrod Burguan said up to 14 people were injured.
Regional Center employee Brandon Hunt told Eyewitness News that he
believes the shooting took place in the building with the facility's
main auditorium, where a banquet of some sort was being held. He said
the auditorium is regularly rented out to outside agencies. Hunt said
approximately 550 people typically work at the facility at any given
were searching the building and have yet to clear it. Police said there
were reports of one to three shooters involved, and they were described
to be wearing ski masks.
A source confirmed to Eyewitness News
that there were three shooters armed with rifles, and there were no
suspects in custody. Riverside police said they are helping other
agencies look for male suspects in a black SUV, possibly a GMC Yukon.
The suspects are heavily armed and were possibly wearing body armor, according to Cervantes.
before noon, dozens of people were seen exiting the building with their
hands up. Cervantes said police are taking them to a secure location.
She said police are not aware of any other active scenes.Loma
Linda University Medical Center said the hospital's emergency room is
in disaster mode and is expecting an influx of patients. The exact
number of patients was not immediately available.
Patton State Hospital officials said the facility is "in crisis" but did not specify how many victims they were expecting.
San Bernardino County officials said six patients were being treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
San Bernardino Unified School District officials said more than 70 schools are on lockdown as a precaution.
Aguilera's wife was in the building when the gunfire erupted. He said a
shooter entered the building next to his wife's office and opened fire.
locked themselves in her office. They seen bodies on the floor,"
Aguilera said, adding that his wife saw ambulances taking people out of
the building on stretchers.
Aguilera said his wife was able to get out of the building unharmed.
Pettit said he received a text message from his daughter, telling him
that gunmen were in her building and that she and some co-workers were
hiding. She said there were 10 to 20 people were shot.