DEVELOPING: As many as a dozen people were reportedly killed Wednesday at a San Bernardino, Calif., facility for treating developmentally disabled, and police were hunting three suspects who may have escaped in an SUV.
As many as 30 hostages were seen coming out of the building where the event occurred. Witnesses said three men in masks and body armor stormed the crowded building and opened fire, with one shooting people in a conference room, according to reports. Local Fox affiliate KTTV reported that at least 12 fatalities occurred inside the building, which was surrounded by authorities, just before noon local time. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were responding to the scene, some 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
An area resident said a woman trapped inside called her father and asked him to “pray for us.”
The attack occurred inside the Inland Regional Center, one of 21 facilities serving people with developmental disabilities run by the state, said Nancy Lungren, spokeswoman for the California Department of Developmental Services. The social services agency administers, authorizes and pays for assistance to people with disabilities such as autism and mental retardation. On an average day, doctors at the regional centers would be evaluating toddlers whose parents have concerns and case workers meeting with developmentally disabled adults. Read the rest of this entry »