NBC SPECIAL REPORT:
An active shooter has been reported at Inland Regional Center, a social service facility that provides for people with developmental disabilities, in San Bernardino (SB), California
Tweets from both the SB County Sheriff and Fire Department broke the news to the public as ambulances and law enforcement vehicles raced through the area with sirens blaring.
KNBC reports that at least three people have died and multiple others hospitalized, the number of casualties cannot be confirmed but SB police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes told a local news station, “there are multiple casualties and there are some confirmed fatalities.” She says she doesn’t have specific numbers.
She told the television station that it appears there was more than one shooter. She believes they were wearing “military-style” attire.
A local hospital says it has received four patients in their trauma center, Briana Pastorino, spokeswoman for Loma Linda University Medical Center, says she didn’t know their conditions. She says the hospital expects to get three more patients.
Some people were seen being wheeled away on gurneys, and others filed out of a building with their hands up.
No arrests have been made and Sgt. Cervantes says police are working to secure the scene in the inland region east of Los Angeles. Police are looking for one or more gunmen.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s press office said on Twitter that the governor has been briefed and “is closely monitoring this disturbing and ongoing situation unfolding in San Bernardino.”
President and CEO of the social service center says the focus is on the building that houses at least 25 employees and a library and conference center, according to the Associated Press.
Marybeth Feild of the Inland Regional Center says “the incident is in the conference area” that an outside group was renting Wednesday. She says she is not at the center, which serves people with developmental disabilities and does not know what outside group rented the center.
The incident was reported on S. Waterman Avenue, according to the San Bernardino Fire Department.
President Obama has been updated on the shooting and the White House says he has been asked to be kept informed on the situation as it continues to develop.
According to the Associated Press, a gas station manager near the site of the Southern California shooting estimates that there are about 150 police officers flooding the area.
She said she hasn’t gotten any instructions to stay inside but that customers coming in told her about the shootings at Inland Regional Center. The center says on its website that it provides social services to people with developmental disabilities.
One man received a grim text from his daughter who works in the facility that read, “People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”
News 3 will have more information as it becomes available to us.
(Information provided by NBC and Associated Press)