San Bernardino Authorities reported Wednesday that there were as many as three active shooters with rifles and “multiple victims” at a facility used by those with mild to severe autism. Witnesses reported the shooters were wearing vests and ski masks.
David Hall, whose daughter goes to the facility, expressed his horror to KTLA:
“Who would think of such a thing to make an attack at that kind of facility?”
Lt. Rich Lawhead said there was more than one report suggesting multiple victims, according to the Associated Press. San Bernardino Fire Department sent out a tweet that there might be up to 20 victims so far.
San Bernardino SWAT was also deployed according to Twitter.
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Marcos Aguilera’s wife was in the building at the time gunfire started. He said that a shooter entered the building next to his wife’s office and opened fire.
“They locked themselves in her office. They seen bodies on the floor,” Aguilera said, also adding that his wife indicated she saw ambulanced taking people out of the building on stretchers.
There were also reports that San Bernardino police radio indicated SWAT teams were preparing to remove around 30 hostages from the scene, who were set to come out of one of the buildings at site of the shooting.
The extent of injuries is not currently known. There have been conflicting reports from SWAT as to whether or not there is still an active threat.
At least one shooting suspect was said by officials to have left the area “acting nervously”.
This is coming less than a week after a domestic terrorist attack at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. Republicans everywhere will be calling this a tragedy, but will offer up zero solutions beyond blaming the autistic individuals who this facility served for not carrying assault rifles. We Americans must start holding our elected officials accountable to us, instead of the NRA, for their lack of courage to take on the problem of gun violence in our nation.
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