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Live Updates: San Bernardino Attackers Were 'Couple Who Dropped Baby Off with Grandmother First'

At least 14 people were killed when a pair of gunmen opened fire at a facility for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California. We’re following the situation live as it develops.
December 2, 2015, 7:45pm
Photo by Doug Saunders/Los Angeles News Group via EPA

A man and woman armed with rifles opened fire on Wednesday at a center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and injuring 17 before being killed in a shootout with police. VICE News is reporting this story as it develops.

05:39 ET: Here's Everything We Know So Far

-A man and woman armed with assault style rifles and semi automatic handguns killed 14 people and wounded 17 others, at a holiday party for employees of the San Bernardino public health department. The attack took place at the Inland Regional Center for people with developmental disabilities, at around 11am local time.

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-The suspects, who were shot and killed by police at around 3pm local time after a car chase, have been identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who were in a relationship.

-San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Farook was a county public health employee who attended the party. Police believe he stormed out following a dispute and then returned with Malik to carry out the shooting.

-The couple also left several bombs at the scene at various locations, which police detonated safely. Burguan said there "had to be some degree of planning" behind the attack.

-A third person seen fleeing the scene was detained, but police said it was unclear whether that person was involved.

-A family representative said the couple had been married two years, and dropped off their 6-month-old baby daughter with a grandmother before carrying out the attack. They told her they had a doctors appointment.

-Farook's brother-in-law has spoken to media expressing sympathy for the victims and saying he could not understand how his relative could commit such an atrocity.

-The shooting rampage marked the deadliest U.S. gun violence since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, in which 27 people, including the gunman, were killed.

-One police officer was wounded in the shootout with the suspects. His injuries are not life threatening.

04:45 ET:

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The executive director of the Los Angeles office of advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations, Hussam Ayloush, told press the couple had dropped off their 6-month-old daughter with a grandmother just before the rampage. They reportedly told her they had a doctor's appointment.

03:55 ET: 

Authorities have named the two attackers suspected of carrying out the shootings before being killed themselves as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, described as possibly married or engaged. The couple are believed to be the only shooters, and while the motive remained unclear, San Bernadino police chief Jarrod Burguan said terrorism had not been ruled out.

People gathered last night in an impromptu vigil for the victims near the scene.

Impromptu vigil forms near the scene of today's horrific #SanBernardino shootings. pic.twitter.com/hZl9EuAa6H

— Tom (T.J.) Wait (@CBSLATom) December 3, 2015

12:05pm ET:

Farhad Khan, the brother-in-law of Syed Farook, just spoke briefly at a press conference hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"I just cannot express at how sad I am for what happened today," he said. "I have no idea why he would do that, why he would do something like this."

Khan is the husband of Farook's sister. He declined to offer any details about Farook or his family.

"The reason I'm here is to talk to the victims and to express for my family how sad we are about what happened," he said.

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Other Muslim leaders present at the event also spoke out against the mass shooting

"We unequivocally condemn the horrific act that that happened today," said Hussam Ayloush, the director of the CAIR's Los Angeles office. "We stand in solidarity with fellow Americans as we offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the injured and the families of those who have been killed. We stand in solidarity in repudiating any possible ideology or mindset that led to this horrific act."

Muzammil Siddiqi, the chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, similarly condemned the shootings.

"I want to condemn this action of violence," he said. "Human life is precious, we respect and honor the human life. We would like to see our law enforcement take a full investigation to find out the motives and the people behind it, and they will be brought to justice.

"Please do not implicate Islam and Muslims," Siddiqi added. "Whoever has done that, our faith is against that. Our faith is against this kind of behavior."

11:30pm ET: One Suspect Identified

Police have not yet the identified suspects in the shooting, but multiple media outlets are naming one of them as Syed Farook. NBC News was first to run the name, citing "multiple sources from multiple agencies." The name is linked to the address in Redlands where police tracked the SUV that was involved in the shootout earlier this afternoon.

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According to Reuters, a person named Syed Farook was listed on county documents as an employee of the San Bernardino County Environmental Health Department. Staff members from that department were gathered on Wednesday for the party at the Inland Regional Center where the shooters opened fire.

The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement on Wednesday night that said it will a hold a news conference later in the evening with leaders of the Muslim community to condemn the shooting spree and "to offer condolences to the loved ones of those killed or injured and to respond to the naming of one of the suspects."

The organization said a relative of one of the suspects named by the media — presumably Farook — will take part in the news conference.

"We condemn this horrific and revolting attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured," CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said in the press release. "The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence."

8:57pm ET: Updates From The Latest Police Press Conference

-Two suspects — a man and a woman — are confirmed dead. They were armed with "assault-style rifles" and dressed in "dark, tactical gear." The relationship between the two suspects is unclear. Their names and ages have not been released.

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-Police followed up on tips that led them to a residence in the nearby city of Redlands. They spotted a vehicle leaving, which led to a chase and the shootout where the suspects were killed.

-A third man who was seen running from the scene of the shootout was taken into custody. "We do not know the extent of his involvement, if any," San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

-Police are not sure about a motive. Burguan said one person left a holiday gathering of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health after a dispute, but it's unclear if that person returned with an accomplice and began shooting.

-Dave Bowdich, the assistant director of the FBI field office in Los Angeles, said it's too early to say whether the incident qualifies as terrorism. "I'm still not willing to say we know that for sure," he said. "We are definitely making some movements that it's a possibility, but we don't know that yet. We're not willing to go down that road yet."

8:29pm ET:

The FBI has reportedly taken the lead in the investigation in San Bernardino:

Ca shooting: FBI stepping into leadership role in San Bernardino investigation after suspect(s) allegedly threw pipe bombs or IEDs from SUV

— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT)December 3, 2015

8:17pm ET:

A spokesperson for the Loma Linda Medical Center says they have five adult patients from today's shootings. Two are in critical but stable condition, two are in fair condition, and one is still being assessed.

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The hospital received a bomb threat at around 2:30pm local time and was put on lockdown, but the threat was deemed not credible.

8:00pm ET: Here's Everything We Know So Far

-At least 14 people are dead and 17 others are wounded. As many as three shooters armed with long guns opened fire at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California at around 11am local time.

-Two suspects in a black SUV were shot and apparently killed at around 3pm local time after a car chase. One other suspect is still believed to be on the loose.

-One police officer was wounded in a shootout with the two suspects. His injuries are not life threatening

-The gunman reportedly opened fire on a holiday gathering of San Bernardino county employees. The Los Angeles Times cited a a senior federal official who is monitoring the case as saying that investigators believe one of the shooters left the party after getting into an argument and returned with one or two armed companions.

-The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health confirmed that several of its employees were inside the Inland Regional Center when gunmen opened fire. It's been confirmed that the department was renting out a conference area at the facility for a banquet when the attack took place.

7:48pm ET:

A reporter in a local TV news helicopter hovering above the scene of the police shootout that occurred nearly an hour ago says two bodies remain on the ground. It appears that both of the suspects are dead.

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7:37pm ET: 

Police are asking people in neighborhood near shootout to remain indoors while search for possible third suspect continues:

We are asking that all people in the SB area south of San Bernardino Ave east of Mt. View stay in their homes w/doors locked & secure

— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff)December 3, 2015

7:15pm ET:

Police surrounded a house about a mile away from where the shootout with the SUV occurred and searched it with guns drawn. They now appear to be going door-to-door in the neighborhood, possibly in search of the third suspect.

Screen grab via ABC 7

7:11pm ET:

San Bernardino police say one officer was injured in a shootout with two possible suspects. He has been hospitalized and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Two suspects were hit in the shootout with the dark SUV, but it's unclear if they were killed or taken into custody. Police said it's possible that one suspect is still on the loose. "It's a very active, fluid situation, we don't have a lot of answers yet," police spokeswoman Sgt. Vicki Cervantes said during the latest press conference.

"I believe there are two [suspects] being dealt with, if there were originally three suspects there's still possibly one outstanding," Cervantes said.

6:51pm ET: 

Heavily armed SWAT police officers have used an armored vehicle and a pole to pull a second body out of the back seat of the SUV.

6:40pm ET: 

Police continue to surround an SUV in San Bernardino.  One person — not a police officer — is on the ground in a pool of blood with a rifle nearby.  It's not known if there are other people in the SUV.

Screen grab via ABC 7

6:25pm ET: 

A San Bernardino police spokesperson says there is a police situation in San Bernardino, but did not say whether it is related to the shooting at the Inland Regional Center.

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Swat Teams have arrived to the scene with armored vehicles, and have surrounded the black SUV.

There is an active scene unfolding in San Bernardino. Preliminary info is a suspect is down, officers are ok. Not confirmed if related.

— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff)December 2, 2015

6:18pm ET:

Television images show police surrounding a man laying on the ground with a large pool of blood nearby and what appears to be a rifle laying a few feet away. A black SUV with dozens of bullet holes is stopped near the man, with its window open.

Screen grab via ABC 7

Screen grab via ABC 7

5:33pm ET: 

Marybeth Field, the president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, said that she had been in contact with employees at the center who told her that the shooting occurred during a banquet for the Department of Public Health in a conference area, according to the Associated Press.

5:04pm ET:

The gunmen "came prepared to do what they did as if they were on a mission," San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan sayid.  He said the assailants carrying rifles, but he said he didn't know exactly what kind.  They have not been apprehended. Schools, county, and city facilities, including hospitals, have been locked down.

5:02pm ET: 

Assistant Director of the FBI's LA field office David Bowditch says he doesn't know if this is a terrorist incident or not.

4:56pm ET:

The San Bernardino law enforcement press conference has begun.

Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said "two to three" assailants entered the Inland Regional Center at 11am and began shooting.  The center employs hundreds of employees, and at least some of the victims were attending a work gathering, possibly a holiday party or lunch.

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At least 14 people are dead and 14 injured. The numbers could go up.

"They are preliminary numbers," Burguan said, adding that the Suspects fled in a dark-colored SUV.  He said police don't know who the shooters are, nor what their motives were.

4:37pm ET: 

The San Bernardino Sheriff's department says it will hold a press conference around 5pm ET.

Presidential candidates continue to weigh in on the shooting.

Horrifying news out of — Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley)December 2, 2015

California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)December 2, 2015

4:25pm ET: 

Employees of the Inland Regional Center have been evacuated from the scene of the shooting in yellow buses.

Loma Linda University Medical Center has confirmed it has received at least four people to its trauma center. Spokeswoman Briana Pastorino told the AP she did not know the condition of the patients and said the hospital was expecting at least three more people.

4:14pm ET: 

Hillary Clinton has commented on the shooting:

I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)December 2, 2015

4:09pm ET:

Police have confirmed "multiple casualties, including fatalities" in the shooting. Sgt. Vicki Cervantes of the San Bernardino Police Department said she could not confirm numbers at this time as the scene is still active. It's not clear if the gunmen, who may be one of possibly three, is still inside the building. Authorities have asked local media not to show the area where they are operating.  TV images show police continuing to lead people out of the building, more than an hour after the first reports of the shooting emerged.

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3:55pm ET: 

The building where shooting has broken out at the center reportedly houses at least 25 employees as well as a library and conference center, Marybeth Feild The president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, told the Associated Press. Field said the "incident is in the conference area," which is being rented by an unknown outside group.

3:45pm ET: 

The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the latest shooting in San Bernardino by his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco. Earlier on Tuesday, the president said Congress must act to ensure that people who are "deranged" or have "violent tendencies" cannot get their hands on weapons to inflict mass murder.

"We don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer," Obama said in an interview with CBS News. "We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries."

Obama said the frequency and number of mass shootings in the US "has no parallel anywhere else in the world."

Active Shooter: Possible 3 gunman, possible total 20 Victims with possible 12 deceased. Pray for San Bernadino! ???????? — ? KING SULLIVAN ? (@timsullivan23)December 2, 2015

The latest mass shooting come less than a week after a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. One policeman and two civilians died in that shooting.

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3:41pm ET: 

The father of another witness, Terry Petit, says his daughter text him saying: "People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office."

Petit read the text to reporters outside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, where several law enforcement agencies are currently converged.

On an average day, doctors at the regional center would be evaluating toddlers whose parents have concerns and case workers meeting with developmentally disabled adults. Nancy Lungren, spokeswoman for the California Department of Developmental Services said that the San Bernardino facility is one of the state's largest and busiest. The center currently serves about 30,000 clients a year.

3:25pm ET: 

Television images show dozens of police and law enforcement vehicles parked outside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Marcos Aguilera told a local ABC affiliate that his wife was in the building when the shooter entered the office next to her and opened fire.

"They locked themselves in her office," he said. "They've seen bodies on the floor."

Aguilera's wife was unharmed, but she reportedly saw authorities carrying people out of the building on stretchers, he said.

3:20pm ET:

WATCH LIVE: Coverage of shooting in San Bernardino, California — NBC News (@NBCNews)December 2, 2015

3:07pm ET: 

The shooting in San Bernardino occurred at the Inland Regional Center, one of 21 facilities serving people with developmental disabilities run by the state, said Nancy Lungren, spokeswoman for the California Department of Developmental Services. The center is located in an office park surrounded by a parking lot, near a golf course.  Television images showed people walking out of the facility with their hands up.   Local TV news stations said police told them that there could possibly be one to three shooters still at large.

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A spokeswoman with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Office told VICE News it is assisting San Bernardino police at the scene. The SBPD said it received the first call at 10:59am of multiple shots fired.

2:45pm ET: 

San Bernardino police say there are as many as three suspects involved in a shooting involving multiple victims.

The San Bernardino Fire Department issued a tweet at 11:14am saying its units were dispatched to an incident involving 20 people at the 1300 block of S. Waterman.

SBFD units responding to reports of 20 victim shooting incident in 1300 block of S. Waterman. SBPD is working to clear the scene.

— San Bernardino Fire (@SBCityFire)December 2, 2015

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department told people to stay away from the area.

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

A spokeswoman from nearby Loma Linda Medical Center said the hospital was expecting patients momentarily.

"We're all kind of on standby right now – it could be any minute," spokeswoman Briana Pastorino told Reuters.

Here is a map of the area.

ACTIVE SHOOTER:Area of Orange Show Rd/ Waterman Ave near Park Center, & surrounding area remains VERY ACTIVE. AVOID! — SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff)December 2, 2015

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