Just 5 days after Colorado shooting US witnessed another shooting incident where upto 3 heavily armed gunmen including a woman barged and openly fired into a holiday party on Wednesday in the US state of California killing at least 14 people and and seriously wounding more than a dozen others.
The mass shooting took place inside a packed conference room located within Inland Regional Centre in San Bernardino which assists people with developmental disabilities. A man and a woman suspect wearing combat-style clothing were also killed in a gunfight with police hours after they fled from the shooting site in a SUV.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the health care centre as police officers swept through the massive complex and into the residential area. Others locked themselves in rooms waiting for police to arrive.
“There was a third person seen running away, that person has been detained,” San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan told Press.
He also said it was not clear if the person was involved in the massacre. Adding, he also said that there still might be a suspect at-large, and searches were continuing in the city 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
US President Barack Obama once again called for better background checks and new restrictions on access to guns for people who might pose a danger. In an interview to CBS news US President Obama conceded that new laws can’t stop every mass shooting, but can “improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently”.
“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” Obama said.
While the motive remained under investigation, one of the suspects in the shooting has been identified as Syed Farook, US media reported.
“We have a domestic terrorist-type situation here. The suspects were armed with long guns. They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” Burguan added.
David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s office in Los Angeles, did not rule out terrorism. “We will go where the evidence takes us,” he said. “It is possible it will go down that road,” he said.
Authorities are tracing the origin of the four weapons recovered two assault-style rifles and two handguns from the two dead suspects, a federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY. One police officer is among 17 people injured in the attack.
California Governor Edmund Brown said his administration will spare no effort in bringing these killers to justice.
In a year repeatedly marked by such carnages, San Bernardino joined a tragic rota that includes Charleston, S.C.; Roseburg, Ore.; and Colorado Springs, where just five days earlier a gunman killed three people and wounded nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
(With inputs from the Agencies)