On Wednesday, a heavily armed couple committed a massive shooting rampage in the city of San Bernardino, CA.
There were at least 14 people killed and 17 others injured as a result of the massacre. Most of the victims are from a disability center, police said. The Inland Regional Center’s Facebook page says it employs about 700 people and provides services to more than 30,200 people in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
San Bernardino’s Mayor, R.Carey Davis, suggested keeping calm and not jumping to conclusions but also said. “We need to be extremely cautious.”
Just before noon, Melinga Rivas (a social worker at the Inland Regional Center), heard her colleagues screaming “Oh my God! There’s a lady who just got shot on the sidewalk.” Hearing that, they started to run into a conference room to stay safe. They used desks and chairs to keep the door blocked from the killers. People who escaped the building were transported away from the scene in school buses. Police and SWAT teams surrounded the entire building.
Police Officer Jarrod Burguan said to the press: “The suspects were armed with a handful of assault rifles and ready to do what they just did like they were on a special mission.”
At this moment, the suspect couple has been identified as a 28-year-old male named Syed Rizwan Farook and a 27-year-old female, Tashfeen Malik. Burguan added that they were in a relationship and possibly married. Police were able to track the dark-colored SUV involved in the shootout to Farook, who has a Redlands address listing.
The suspects were pronounced dead at the location of the scene. One police officer was injured, but early reports indicate that his injury is non-life threatening. There was initially a third suspect, later cleared of any involvement.
At a press conference, President Barrack Obama implied that the shooting was one of workplace violence rather than a terrorist attack. Taking the opportunity to make a statement about gun control. He said, “There are some steps we could take not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings. But to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently. The solution involves common sense gun safety laws and stronger background checks.”