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At least one person opened fire at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday, and at least three people were reported killed. Early reports said that 20 people may have been wounded.
Police told NBC Los Angeles there had been a number of fatalities, and a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino police told Reuters it appeared that multiple shooters had attacked in “military style” attire. Reports first surfaced around 11:15 a.m. PT of a shooting near the Inland Regional Center.
The Sheriff’s Department originally said there were one to three possible suspects and multiple victims, saying the area was still “active” as of 12:39 p.m. PT.
Terry Petit said he got a text from his daughter saying she was hiding after gunfire erupted at the social services facility where she works. Petit read the texts for reporters outside Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, the AP reported.
Marybeth Feild, the president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center said the focus is on a building that houses at least 25 employees as well as a library and conference center.
“The incident is in the conference area” that an outside group was renting Wednesday, she said, adding that she was not at the center — which serves residents of San Bernardino and Riverside with developmental disabilities — and did not know at the time what outside group had rented the center. Feild said, however, that people served by the center also would have been in the building.
A police spokeswoman told Reuters the center had been hosting an event when more than one gunman burst into the room and began firing.
He said she wrote: “People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”
Police entered the facility and reportedly found a suspicious device, NBC News reported. The officers then pulled back as a bomb squad was sent in with a robot to check the device, NBC said.
Lt. Rich Lawhead told the Associated Press there are reports of multiple victims and no arrests have been made. Sgt. Vicky Cervantes told the AP that police are working to secure the scene in the inland region east of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times, citing Cervantes, reported that suspects were heavily armed and may have been wearing body armor. The LA Timeslater reported, citing sources, that police were searching for a black SUV that fled the scene. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has gone on alert for a vehicle and the LAPD counter terrorism unit is monitoring the situation.