Following the mass shooting at a San Bernardino (SB) social service facility that left at least 14 dead and 17 wounded, suspects were believed to have fled the scene in a black SUV.
Officers were led to a residence in the city of Redlands. While setting up surveillance there, a vehicle was seen leaving, believed to be the suspect vehicle.
There was a pursuit with the suspect vehicle. When the vehicle stopped, gunfire was exchanged with officers.
Two suspects died, one male and one female dressed in assault-style clothing, armed with assault rifles and handguns. Their relationship is unknown at the moment.
A third suspect was detained close to the scene of the shootout. It is also unknown if that person was involved in the shooting.
According to NBC News, one of the three attackers has been identified as Syed Farook.
One of the suspects was at the holiday event where the shooting took place, a law enforcement official told CNN. There was a dispute at the event and the man left, the official said. It’s believed he returned with two other suspects, the official added.
Burguan said confirmed there was a dispute at an event at Inland Regional Center. Someone left the event after the dispute, he said, but it was unclear whether that person was later involved in the shooting. “There was some type of dispute or something when somebody left that party. But we have no idea if those were the people who came back,” Burguan said.
A motive is not known at the moment, but law enforcement believes a workplace dispute could be a possibility and FBI are not ruling out the possibility of “terrorism”.
In the gun battle, one officer was wounded although the officer’s injuries are non-life-threatening.
According to the news conference with SB Chief Jarrod Burguan and David Bowdich, neighbors reported hearing someone jumping fences in the area so the neighborhood was put on lockdown. That lockdown has since been lifted.
“We have secured that. There’s no one outstanding there,” Burguan said.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan also said at a news conference Wednesday evening that authorities found what they believe is an explosive device at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Bomb squads were working on it.
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(Information provided by the Associated Press)