14 killed in California mass shooting, two suspects dead

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Dec 03, 2015 13:41 IST
A spent cartridge lies on the ground as police officers secure the area after a shooting incident in San Bernardino, California. (REUTERS)

At least 14 people were killed and 14 wounded on Wednesday in a mass shooting at a health facility in San Bernardino, California .

Six hours after the attack started, two suspects -- one man and one woman -- were killed, while a third gunman was said to be on the run.

Authorities did not rule out terrorism, though David Bowdich, the FBI assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles field office, cautioned against using the term.

“It is a possibility, but we don’t know that yet. And we’re not willing to go down that road yet,” he said.

One of the shooters, who was shot dead, was identified as Saeed Farooq by NBC news, citing unidentified sources.

The shooting took place at Inland Regional Center, a health facility that deals with those with developmental disabilities. It employs nearly 670 employees and cares for 30,200 people.

The three attackers were heavily armed and were wearing masks and active protective gear.

A black SUV used by the shooters was stopped and engaged in a gunfire by law enforcement officials not very far from the health centre.

A SWAST team at the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino, California. (AP Photo)

A woman inside the centre texted her father outside, who read it out to a television crew: “Dad, somebody is shooting inside our building.”

“I’m hiding in a closet.”

“Someone is shooting.”

“I’m scared.”

She made it out safe later. But a lot of others didn’t.

The White House said, “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.”

Watch | Shooting rampage in California kills 14, including 2 suspects

In a pre-scheduled interview to CBS, the President said, “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in in the world. There are steps we can take … to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently.”

This shooting comes just two days after a lone gunman killed three people, including a police officer, at a women’s health centre in Colorado Springs , Colorado.

President Obama had reacted with growing frustration, saying it’s time to say “enough is enough”, and do something about easy access to guns in the United States.

Rescue crews tend to the injured in the intersection outside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California in this still image taken from video December 2, 2015. (REUTERS Photo)

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said, “I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!”

(With inputs from agencies)

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