14 confirmed dead in shootings at San Bernardino, CA, social services facility *UPDATE*

14 confirmed dead in shootings at San Bernardino, CA, social services facility *UPDATE*

Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC reports that up to 12 people are believed to have been killed in an active-shooting situation in San Bernardino, Calif., ongoing at this hour.

San Bernardino is located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

The shootings took place at the Inland Regional Center, a nonprofit outfit that works with individuals with developmental disabilities. Investigators have been searching the premises but have yet to clear it. Police say there were one to three shooters involved, and they are described as wearing ski masks.

Shortly before noon, dozens of people were seen exiting the building with their hands up.

A separate report from USA Today indicates that police were also investigating a “suspicious device” at the scene.

The source further maintains that San Bernardino police have dispatched SWAT teams were to the scene and that officers are preparing to intercept some 30 hostages who were set to come out of an building at the site.

This is a developing story. Updates will be added as further details are made available.

*UPDATE* The siege at the Inland Regional Center has ended. CBS News reports that the gunmen were clad in masks and body armor. At least one of the shooters is now said to be in custody.

The death toll has now been fixed at 14. In addition, 14 17 more were injured. The event at the facility has been described as a Christmas party.

The shootings reportedly took place within 3 minutes. The suspects exited the building and drove off in an SUV.

*UPDATE* Two of the suspects are reported dead, having died in a shootout with police, who had closed in on their SUV.  As J.E. Dyer noted in the comments section, the third suspect is holed up in what some are describing as a church.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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