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Multiple casualties reported in California shooting
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Posted at 9:30 AM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 06:48:16-05

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine a motive for Wednesday's deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California, which could include workplace violence or terrorism.

Police say a heavily armed man and woman dressed for battle opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers. They killed 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others in a precision assault. Hours later, they died in a shootout with officers.

Wednesday's shooting happened at a social services center for the disabled.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan identified one dead suspect as 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook, the other as Tashfeen Malik, 27, his wife or fiancee.

The U.S.-born Farook was a restaurant inspector for the health department. The couple had reportedly dropped off their 6-month-old daughter with relatives Wednesday morning, saying they had a doctor's appointment. The husband of Farook's sister told reporters he last spoke to his brother-in-law about a week ago. He said he was in shock, condemned the violence, and had "absolutely no idea why he would do this."

Federal authorities said the two assault rifles and two handguns used in the violence were purchased legally, but they haven't said how and when they got into the hands of the two shooters.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Ca. -- A law enforcement official has identified Syed Farook as one of the suspects in a mass shooting in Southern California.

Police say one suspect in the deadly shooting at a social services facility in Southern California has been shot in a gunbattle with officers.  

The official, who was briefed on the case, was not authorized to speak to the media about the ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Police say two suspects - a man and a woman - were killed in a gunbattle with police after the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Police say another person who was spotted running near the gunbattle was detained but they have said it is unclear if that person had anything to do with the shooting.

San Bernardino's Police chief says potential explosive device found at scene of mass shooting in California.

Police are serving a search warrant on a home in Redlands, California, in connection with the deadly shooting at a social services facility in neighboring San Bernardino.

San Bernardino police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes said Wednesday that there is still possibly a suspect "outstanding."

City spokesman Carl Baker says Redlands police are assisting San Bernardino police in the search.

Cervantes would not elaborate, and the condition of the suspect was not known. She says an officer was hurt in the shootout and went to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Armored police vehicles are surrounding a dark-colored SUV with shattered windows on a residential street.

Police say shots have been fired and a suspect is down near a dark-colored SUV. It's unclear if the suspect is related to the deadly shooting Wednesday at a social services facility in Southern California. Police have said that the suspects may have fled in a dark SUV.

San Bernardino police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes said she knew of no officers who were injured in the shootout. Television footage showed armored vehicles blocking the SUV on a residential street.

Police estimate that at least 14 people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in the shooting at a social services facility in Southern California.

Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a news conference Wednesday that the number of fatalities was a preliminary number and could change.

He says up to three shooters entered the building and opened fire at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Gov. Jerry Brown says the shooting at a social services facility in Southern California is a brutal attack.

    

He said in a statement that "California will spare no effort in bringing these killers to justice." The governor was scheduled to light the Capitol Christmas tree Wednesday evening, but his office said the ceremony will be canceled.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a news conference Wednesday that he estimates at least 14 people have been killed and about 14 wounded. He says the wounded have significant injuries that may be related to gunshots.

Burguan says they are looking for up to three shooters.

Authorities have locked down courts and increased police presence at other public facilities but didn't know the motive of the attack.

At least 10 people have been taken to hospitals for treatment after the shooting at a social services facility in Southern California. San Bernardino County announced on its Twitter account that six people were being treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, which is run by the county.

A spokeswoman for Loma Linda University Medical Center says four patients were taken to its trauma center.

The president and CEO of the Southern California social services center where gunfire has erupted says the focus is on a building that houses at least 25 employees as well as a library and conference center.

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.

Dozens of people filed out of the scene, holding their hands in their air. Other people were seen being wheeled away on gurneys.

President Barack Obama has been brought up to date on the shooting at a Southern California social services center.

The White House says he was briefed by his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, and has asked to be kept informed as the situation develops.

Paul Lacroix said his son was able to escape after gunfire erupted at a Southern California social services center. Lacroix told reporters Wednesday that his son texted him and told him alarms started going off and they got word there was shooting. He said his son was sheltered with a group of people before they managed to get out.

Authorities say multiple people were shot at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Police were searching for one or more gunmen. Lacroix said his son and colleagues were ordered to exit with their arms up and nothing in their hands.

A hospital says it's received four patients in its trauma center after a shooting at a social services facility in Southern California.

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.

Marcos Aguilera says his wife was inside a social services facility in Southern California when gunfire erupted but she got out of the building unharmed. He told KABC-TV that a shooter entered the building next to his wife's office and opened fire.

Aguilera says they locked themselves in her office and saw bodies on the floor. He says his wife saw ambulances taking people out of the building on stretchers. Authorities say multiple people were shot and some were killed Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.