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Police respond to active shooting situation in San Bernardino

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(Cell: 0431 138 537, Email: Saqlain@Dukesrealestate.com) by cassandra.garrison 6:18 AM Suspects opened fire on a holiday party on Wednesday at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others, then fled the scene, triggering an intense manhunt and a shootout with police, authorities said.Officer wounded in pursuit with suspect, but suspected to recover. Two suspects killed: one male, one female - both were armed with assault rifles and handguns. In 2015, there have been more than 350 shootings in which four or more people died: https://t.co/dFobY78RSY https://t.co/Xjmn877bes ============================ Deaths reported in shooting in San Bernardino, California * Police confirm at least 14 deaths * Manhunt underway for up to three possible suspects * Shooting took place at facility serving people with developmental disabilities * Police spokeswoman says suspects heavily armed and possibly wearing body armor * Bomb squad on scene to defuse possible explosive device UPDATE: Police searched on Wednesday for up to three suspects in the shooting of as many as 20 people, some of them fatally, at a social services agency for the developmentally disabled in the Southern California city of San Bernardino, authorities said. San Bernardino Police Lieutenant Richard Lawhead told a local NBC television network affiliate there were multiple fatalities, and a reporter for that channel said he saw the bodies of three victims following the shooting rampage. MSNBC also reported that law enforcement authorities had confirmed the three deaths. ----------------- Rescue crews tend to the injured in the intersection outside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California in this still image taken from video December 2, 2015. REUTERS/NBCLA.com/Handout via Reuters ------------------------------------------ Thu Dec 3, 2015 | 4:40 AM EST Leaving behind baby and bombs, couple sows panic in California Police officers conduct a manhunt after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake Police officers conduct a manhunt after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California December 2, 2015. Reuters/Mike Blake Leaving behind baby and bombs, couple sows panic...X By Tim Reid and Dan Whitcomb SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (Reuters) - On Wednesday morning, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook's mother, saying they were going to a doctor's appointment. By noon, according to police, the couple had donned assault clothing, armed themselves with rifles and stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others. Before sunset, after a shootout with police, they were both dead, leaving a grieving community with few clues to puzzle out the motive for the carnage. Syed Farook, born in the United States, worked as an environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County, inspecting restaurants for health violations, according to authorities and a website that tracks public employees. As part of his job, he also inspected public pools at locations including apartment and senior housing complexes and country clubs. Records show him performing these duties as recently as July. On Wednesday, he attended the annual holiday gathering for employees of his department, but then left, returning later with weaponry and Malik. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that the shooting spree had clearly been planned in advance and that the suspects left several explosive devices, which appeared to be pipe bombs, at the scene of the massacre. SueAnn Chapman, a cashier and waitress at China Doll Fast Food, a restaurant that Syed Farook inspected earlier this year for his job with the county, said he didn't seem unusual when he turned up. "He was real quiet," Chapman said. "He checked the food and said he was here because somebody complained. ... He looked completely normal." Burguan said he did not know whether Farook and Malik were wed, but officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) who had been in touch with the family said they were husband and wife. The couple were married for two years and have a six-month-old baby girl, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR, told Reuters. The couple left the baby with Farook's mother in the nearby city of Redlands early on Wednesday morning, Ayloush said, relaying information he got from the brother-in-law of Farook. They told her they were going to attend a doctor's appointment for the wife. Burguan said that police investigating the shooting went to a house in Redlands on Wednesday afternoon, and saw the couple take off in a black SUV. Police pursued the car to San Bernardino, where the gun battle ensued that left Farook and Malik dead. Farook's family was originally from South Asia, while Malik was believed to be from Pakistan and had lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States, Ayloush said. Farook had an older brother, he added, who had served in the U.S. military. Public records suggest possible turbulence in Farook's younger life. In 2006, Rafia Farook, who records indicate is Farook's mother, filed in a Riverside court for divorce from her husband, also named Syed Farook. She enumerated multiple instances of domestic abuse in the legal filing, and said her husband "threatens to kill himself on a daily basis." During one incident, she said in a court filing, her son came between them "to save me." (Additional reporting by Yasmeen Abutaleb, Robin Respaut, Heather Somerville, Julia Love and Dan Levine in San Francisco and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Sue Horton and Mary Milliken) ======================================================= Family 'shocked' by shooting, had no idea the attack was going to take place: Farook family representative U.S Fri Dec 4, 2015 | 4:35 PM EST FBI investigating California massacre as 'act of terrorism' 5:17 AM EST | 01:34 Vigil held to honour San Bernardino victims FBI investigating California massacre as 'act of...X By Dan Whitcomb and Mark Hosenball SAN BERNARDINO, Calif./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating this week's massacre of 14 people by a married couple in California as an "act of terrorism," officials said on Friday, noting that the female shooter had pledged allegiance to a leader of the militant group Islamic State. Tashfeen Malik, 27, a native of Pakistan who lived in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years, and her U.S.-born husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, were killed in a shootout with police hours after the Wednesday attack during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles. If the investigation does prove that the attack was the work of people inspired by Islamist militants, it would be the most serious such attack since Sept. 11, 2001. Malik had pledged allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an online post, David Bowdich, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Los Angeles office, said at a news conference. "Based on the information and the facts as we know them, we are now investigating these horrific acts as an act of terrorism," Bowdich said. Asked about a reported Facebook post by Malik on the day of the attack pledging loyalty to Islamic State, Bowdich said, "Yes, there was a pledge of allegiance." But a U.S. government official said there was no evidence that Islamic State even knew who the shooters were. Islamic State, which has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq, took claim for the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris in which gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130. NO SIGNS OF A CELL The couple had two assault-style rifles, two semi-automatic handguns, 6,100 rounds of ammunition and 12 pipe bombs in their home or with them when they were killed, officials said. "The investigation so far has delivered indications of radicalization by the killers and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations," Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told reporters in Washington. "We have no indication that these killers are part of an organized larger group or form part of a cell. There is no indication that they are part of a network." ADVERTISEMENT Related Coverage Names released of 14 people slain in California shooting Accused California shooter raised no red flags in Saudi: source News agency says Islamic State followers carried out California attacks Bowdich also said the FBI was examining crushed cellphones found near the shooting scene. The couple may have been planning an additional attack, he added. Farook, born in Illinois to Pakistani immigrant parents, worked as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Environment Health, the agency whose holiday party he and Malik are accused of attacking on Wednesday. Investigators are looking into a report that Farook had an argument with a co-worker who denounced the "inherent dangers of Islam" prior to the shooting, a U.S. government source said. The couple's landlord in the town of Redlands opened their townhouse to media on Friday, leading to a flurry of reporters and camera crews surveying the scene. The landlord later asked media to leave. RELATED VIDEO Video 01:03 Gunman Farook's sister: 'I don't even know if I would forgive him' The FBI's search of the home turned up no evidence to suggest they had been working with any foreign militant group, a U.S. government source said. PROBE EXTENDS TO PAKISTAN Pakistani intelligence officials have contacted Malik's family in her homeland as part of the investigation, a family member said. "I only found out about this tragedy today when some intelligence officials contacted me to ask me about my links with Tashfeen," Malik's uncle, Javed Rabbani, said in an interview. "I had heard in the news that this tragedy had taken place but I could never even imagine that it would be someone from my family. Of course, we are in shock." He said his brother, Malik's father, had become considerably more conservative since moving with his family to Saudi Arabia a quarter century ago. FBI to update on San Bernardino investigation Friday: White House Facebook removed suspect profile after California shooting FBI chief says no sign California shooters were part of larger group Tashfeen Malik had not come to the attention of authorities while living in Saudi Arabia, according to a source close to the Saudi government. She had moved back to Pakistan five or six years ago to study pharmacy, Pakistani officials said. Christian Nwadike, who worked with Farook for five years, told CBS that his co-worker had been different since he returned from Saudi Arabia. "I think he married a terrorist," Nwadike said. Twenty-one people were wounded in the attack, the worst gun violence in the nation since the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Farook had not been under surveillance by the FBI or any other law enforcement agency, Bowdich said, adding that there was no evidence that additional threats lingered following the shooting. (Additional reporting by Mehreen Zahra-Malik in Islamabad, Idrees Ali and Doina Chiacu in Washington, Rory Carroll and Dan Whitcomb in San Bernardino, Curtis Skinner in San Francisco and Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Bill Trott and Lisa Shumaker) ==================================================================== Gunman Farook's sister: 'I don't even know if I would forgive him' The sister of Syed Farook, one of the suspects in the massacre in California, says she is deeply saddened and no had indication of her brother's plans. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). TRANSCRIPT - ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The sister of the male suspect in the San Bernardino mass shooting says she isn't sure if she'll ever be able to forgive her brother. Speaking in an interview, Saira Khan, sister of Syed Farook, said "I want to say I'm sorry. Deeply saddened. It's a sad day for all of us." Khan says Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik gave no indication of their plans ahead of the mass shooting that left 14 people dead at a holiday party in California. "So many things I asked myself. I ask myself if I had called him that morning or the night before, asked him how he was doing, what he was up to...if I had any inclination maybe I could have stopped it," said Khan. Farook and Malik were killed in a shootout with police hours after the Wednesday massacre at the Inland Regional Center social services agency in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles. The couple left behind a 6-month old daughter. Farook's brother-in-law, Farhan Khan, said, "What he did to his own family, his daughter, to the innocent people there, no, I won't forgive him." Twenty-one people were wounded in the attack, the worst gun violence in the nation since the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 27 people died. ===============================

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