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UPDATE: Police search for gunmen after mass shooting in Southern California

Associated Press • Updated Dec 2, 2015 at 3:50 PM

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — One or more gunmen opened fire Wednesday at a Southern California social services center, shooting multiple people, authorities said.

Several law enforcement agencies converged on the scene in San Bernardino and were searching for the suspects. Triage units were being set up in the area.

Some people were seen being wheeled away on gurneys after gunfire erupted at the Inland Regional Center. Others walked quickly from a building with their hands in the air and were searched by officers before being reunited with loved ones.

Police were working to secure the scene in the inland region about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, Sgt. Vicky Cervantes said. No arrests have been made.

Terry Petit said his daughter works at the center, and he got a text from her saying she was hiding in the building after hearing gunshots.

Petit choked back tears as he read the texts for reporters outside the center. He said she wrote: “People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”

At a Shell gas station about a block from the shooting site, store manager Ana Fuentes said there was a flood of police activity in the area.

“There’s maybe like 150 cops going toward Hospitality Lane,” she said, as sirens echoed in the background.

She said she hadn’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.

The city of San Bernardino has struggled to rebound after declaring bankruptcy in 2012. The city of about 214,000 is in the two-county inland region that was hit hard by the Great Recession.

The area where the shooting occurred is along a main city road that fronts a city golf course and recreation center.

 

Reported earlier:

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The latest on reports of an active shooter at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

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.

Authorities say multiple people were shot Wednesday at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Police were searching for one or more gunmen.

12:25 p.m.

Police say they are searching for one or more gunmen after a shooting at a social services facility in Southern California.

San Bernardino Lt. Rich Lawhead said Wednesday that multiple people were shot at the Inland Regional Center.

Several law enforcement agencies converged on the scene in San Bernardino, and triage units were being set up in the area.

Some people were seen being wheeled away on gurneys, and others filed out of a building with their hands up.

The facility serves individuals with developmental disabilities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

12:15 p.m.

Terry Petit says he got a text from his daughter saying she was hiding after gunfire erupted at the social services facility in Southern California where she works.

Petit choked back tears Wednesday as he read the texts for reporters outside Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

He says she wrote: “People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”

Police searched people filing out of a building with their hands up before they reunited with loved ones.

Ambulances and law enforcement vehicles are racing through the area with sirens blaring.

11:58 a.m.

A gas station manager near the site of a shooting in Southern California says there is a flood of police activity in the area.

Ana Fuentes, manager of a Shell station about a block from the scene, 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.

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

11:40 a.m.

Police in San Bernardino, California, are responding to reports of an active shooter at a social services facility.

Lt. Rich Lawhead said Wednesday there are reports of multiple victims.

No arrests have been made.

Sgt. Vicky Cervantes says police are working to secure the scene in the inland region east of Los Angeles.

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Police in San Bernardino, California, are responding to reports of an active shooter at a social services facility.

Lt. Rich Lawhead said Wednesday there are reports of multiple victims.

No arrests have been made.

Sgt. Vicky Cervantes says police are working to secure the scene in the inland region east of Los Angeles.

Some media are reporting that 20 people have been injured.

The San Bernardino Fire Department tweeted that SBFD units were responding to reports of 20 victim shooting incident in 1300 block of S. Waterman.

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