Up to three suspects are being sought after a deadly mass shooting at a social services centre in southern California, police say.There are as many as 20 victims in the attack at San Bernardino, according to officials in the city, about 60 miles (96km) east of Los Angeles.
“SBFD units responding to reports of 20 victim shooting incident in 1300 block of S. Waterman. SBPD is working to clear the scene,” the fire department said on Twitter. Police confirmed there had been fatalities in the shooting at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, but did not say how many. At least 10 people have been taken to hospitals for treatment.
ABC affiliate KABC reported that up to 12 people were dead. The suspects targeted an office Christmas party in a conference room, according to local media. San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Adams is a witnesses said that up to three men in military gear carried out the attack. The suspects are believed to have fled in a black SUV.
No arrests have been made. Police are interviewing witnesses who reportedly saw men changing clothes near the scene of the shooting. A bomb squad has been sent to look into a suspicious device left in the building.
Terry Petit fought back tears as he said he had received texts from his daughter saying she was hiding after gunfire erupted at the facility. Mr Petit read a message to reporters outside the Inland Regional Center that said: “People shot. “In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”
Triage units have been set up near the scene, with some people seen being wheeled away on gurneys. Police are interviewing witnesses who reportedly saw men changing clothes near the scene of the shooting.