2 San Bernardino shooting suspects killed by police in gun battle - world stories


Thursday, December 3, 2015

2 San Bernardino shooting suspects killed by police in gun battle

A man and a woman suspected of carrying out a shooting at a social services facility in San Bernardino, Calif., have been killed after a gun battle with police. The shooting left at least 14 people dead and 17 injured.

Police said the suspects entered the Inland Regional Center and opened fire shortly after 11 a.m. PT on Wednesday and fled the scene in a black SUV. A possible explosive device was later found at the facility.
Hours after the shooting, a tip led police to a residence in the nearby community of Redlands, Calif., where they observed a dark SUV leaving the area.

A police pursuit ensued, and officers engaged in gunfire with the two occupants of the vehicle that left the black SUV riddled with bullets and the two suspects dead.
San Bernardino police Chief Jarrod Burguan said a man and woman were found inside the SUV, dressed in "assault-style clothing" and armed with assault rifles and handguns

One officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shootout.
Burguan late Wednesday identified the suspects as Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, a 27-year-old woman.
Farhan Khan, who is married to Farook's sister, told reporters he last spoke to his brother-in-law about a week ago. He said he was in shock and had "absolutely no idea why he would do this."
A third person was seen running away after the gunfire in the shootout, but by the end of the day authorities had seemed to clear that person of involvement, indicating they believed the two suspects publicly identified carried out the attack.
At a news conference earlier Wednesday, Burguan said the attackers "came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission."
He said police don't as yet have a possible motive.

The Inland Regional Center serves people with disabilities, helping them find jobs, housing and transportation, along with a range of other services.
But the attackers opened fire in a conference area that the San Bernardino County department of public health had rented out for a holiday banquet, said Marybeth Feild, president and CEO of the facility.
Melinda Revas was on the third floor of one of the facility's buildings, and described the chaotic scene to CBC's Kim Brunhuber.
"A co-worker came out and started yelling, 'Oh my God, there's a shooting, there's a shooting. Oh my God, somebody got shot," she said.
Revas said she and dozens of others barricaded themselves in a conference room for at least 20 minutes, propping furniture against the doors.

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