San Bernardino Shooting: Suspects Dead, Victims Still Not Identified as 14 People Killed and 21 Injured

Two suspects are dead after a gun battle with police and one has been detained

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14 people dead, 21 wounded in shooting at conference center at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California

Police believe there were just two shooters, a male and a female, who have been shot dead

The alleged suspects have been identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27

Suspects were killed during a gun battle with cops on a residential San Bernardino street in which one police officer was injured

Police say suspects used assault rifles, and deceased suspects ‘were dressed in assault-style clothing’

Police caught up with the suspects after tips led them to a residence in neighboring Redlands. The suspects fled in a vehicle but cops caught up with them on a residential street in San Bernardino

Shooting took place in facility’s conference center, being used at the time by San Bernardino County’s Department of Health

Shooting is deadliest American mass shooting since Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012

Fourteen people were killed and 21 people were injured in a shooting involving up two gunmen in San Bernardino, California, at a conference center at a facility for people with developmental disabilities.

The shooting began at 11 a.m. local time at a conference center at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, a three-building facility that serves people with developmental disabilities, during a Christmas party. The conference center was being rented out by San Bernardino County’s Department of Health, IRC President Marybeth Field tells PEOPLE.

Two suspects in the attack – one male and one female – were shot dead during a gun battle with police, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a press conference. An officer was injured in the gun battle, Burguan said, adding that the injuries are likely non-fatal.

Burguan later identified the suspects as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, believed to be in a relationship with one another. Burguan also said that authorities have not ruled out terrorism, and that they disposed of three explosive devices at the crime scene.

Farook’s brother-in-law Farhan Khan spoke at a Council on American Islamic Relations conference following the news, saying: “I can’t not express the sadness I have about what happened, and people who lost their lives.” Asked when he last saw Farook, Khan replied: “A week ago,” but did not want to go into further details.

Meanwhile Burguan said the suspects used “assault rifles” in the attack. The deceased suspects were described as being dressed in “tactical gear,” he said.

Cops caught up with the suspects after tips led them to a residence in neighboring Redlands, Burguan said. At that point, a dark SUV that had been seen fleeing the scene of the shooting fled the Redlands house, leading police on a pursuit that ended with the gun battle on a residential San Bernardino street.

Police lifted a lockdown in the neighborhood in which the gun battle took place, Burguan said, saying, “We feel confident about the neighborhood where the officer-involved shooting took place.” Police used a robot to sweep the residence.

Police searching the IRC discovered some “suspicious devices,” Burguan said, adding that “one of those devices is believes to be an explosive device.”

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Burguan said of the shooters: “They came prepared to do what they did as if they were on a mission,” said Burguan at an earlier press conference.

Authorities are unsure about a possible motive.

Shooters Shooting For ‘Several Minutes’

Burguan said the shooters were inside shooting for “several minutes” and that they did not exchange gunfire with police. He said there’s nothing to indicate that they took any hostages.

Burguan said earlier that police don’t have any information of any credible threats to any other facilities at the moment.

Family members had met up with their loved ones at the Hernandez Community Center on 3rd and Sierra, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon tells PEOPLE that the courts and city and county buildings have been shut down. The three-building Inland Center Mall is being evacuated, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

At the residential San Bernardino street on which authorities ultimately converged on the suspects, Jesus Gonzalez, 36, sat in his truck on the street and unable to get to his house. He says his wife heard 80 shots outside the home. “We just moved into this house a few months ago,” he says. “My wife is on the floor, she is scared. I am telling her to stay down and don’t look at the window.”

IRC President: ‘I can’t even fathom that somebody would want to hurt people who help people’

Brandon Hunt, an IRC employee, told CNN that at the time of the shooting, a banquet with county personnel was taking place. Hunt told the network that no IRC employees were hurt.

Marybeth Field, president of the IRC, tells PEOPLE the facility is evacuating staff and doing a headcount of employees.

Field tells PEOPLE, “This is just totally unbelievable. I can’t even fathom that somebody would want to hurt people who help people.” San Bernardino mayor Carey Davis also said: “This was a shocking event for our community.”

A friend of one of the surviving victims spoke to CNN, telling the network that she witnessed a gunman open fire.

“The guy came in next to her office and I guess started shooting,” the friend said. “They see bodies on the floor. Ambulances are taking people out in stretchers.”

A tearful father whose daughter was holed up in an office where the shooter or shooters remain active shared her desperate texts with CNN. “Pray for us,” she wrote.

Mark Stutte, whose daughter was hiding in the bathroom during the attack, told KTLA, “I couldn t do anything for her.”

On CNN, dozens of people could be seen coming out of an office building with their hands up as officials hunted for the gunmen.

FBI and ATF responded to the scene alongside local authories on Wednesday afternoon.

The White House issued a statement obtained by PEOPLE saying, “The President has been briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco about the shooting in San Bernardino and has asked to be updated on the situation as it develops.”

“We are a non-profit agency that provides services to kids and adults with disabilities. It’s beyond words,” an employee at the San Diego branch of the Inland Regional Center tells PEOPLE. The San Bernardino branch serves people with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

The San Bernardino Unified School District said in a statement that it placed all schools on lockdown at about 1 p.m., and that there will be a normal dismissal of students at the end of the day.

“We are fortunate no District or students were near the Inland Regional Center,” the statement read.

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San Bernardino is a city of just over 200,000 people 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

This is a breaking news situation. Check back for updates.

With reporting by JOHNNY DODD, HARRIET SOKMENSUER, ELAINE ARADILLAS, CHRIS HARRIS, CHRISTINE PELISEK, ROSE MINUTAGLIO, SUSAN KEATING AND SUSAN YOUNG

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