San Bernardino shooting live updates: 14 killed in attack; 2 suspects killed by police

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Police secure the scene of the mass shooting. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Two suspects, one man and one woman, dead after shootout

–Two people, a man and a woman, are dead after a confrontation with police.

— A third person seen running away from the scene has been detained, but it’s not clear if he is connected to the shootings.

–Both deceased suspects were inside a dark SUV that was the subject of a police pursuit after officers arrived to investigate a home in Redlands.

–The suspects in the SUV were dressed in “assault-style clothing” and were armed with assault rifles and handguns, officials said.

— Police said they are still clearing the Inland Regional Center where the mass shooting occurred and have found what they believe is an explosive device.

— While initial reports said the attackers had thrown explosive devices, police said an object that was thrown was not a bomb.

Victims’ bodies have not yet been moved

 Coroner investigators were called to the scenes of this morning’s mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center and of this afternoon’s shootout between suspects and police, but they have not yet identified the dead or removed their bodies, said Robert Shaw, lead supervising deputy coroner for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The bodies of the other victims remain in the building, Shaw said. Coroner’s investigators have not yet been allowed inside Inland Regional Center to recover the bodies because authorities want to preserve the integrity of the crime scene and allow for the collection of evidence.

The coroner will not release names, ages or other information about the victims until their relatives are notified, Shaw said. He expects many of the notifications to take place by Thursday.

Anyone who suspects a relative was killed or wounded is asked to call a family assistance hotline at (800) 637-6653. The coroner division is setting up a center at the Hampton Inn & Suites in nearby Highland to notify families in person. Counselors will be on hand, Shaw said.

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The shooting began around 11 am Pacific time, according to police. Over several minutes, up to three shooters opened fire at the Inland Regional Center. At least 14 people were killed, and at least another 17 were wounded at the center — although those numbers are subject to change. The suspects then fled from the scene in a dark-colored SUV.

Around 3 pm Pacific time, just hours after the shooting at the center, police pursued a tip and reportedly spotted an SUV in the area that matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle. Police and the suspects, who Burguan said were dressed in “assault-style clothing,” exchanged gunfire. One officer was wounded, and two suspects were killed. Police apprehended another suspect who attempted to flee the area, but it’s not clear if he was involved in the shooting.

As of 5:45 pm Pacific time, police reported a potential explosive device in the area that a bomb squad is trying to neutralize.

Marybeth Feild, president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, told the Associated Press that the initial shooting took place at a conference room at the center, which was rented out by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for a banquet.

Federal law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times that they believe one man angrily left the banquet, potentially returned with one or two people, and opened fire. Federal officials also reportedly said it’s possible the man was at the event to verify a particular person was there. But all of this information is currently unconfirmed.

America’s levels of gun violence are unique in the developed world

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The US has very high levels of gun violence: America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada and 15 times as many as Germany, according to UN data compiled by the Guardian’s Simon Rogers.

In fact, no other developed country comes close to the levels of gun violence that America has, as this chart from Tewksbury Lab shows:

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The correlation this chart demonstrates — more guns mean more deaths — has been backed by a lot of research. Whether at the state or country level, reviews of the evidence by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Centerhave consistently found that places with more guns have more deaths after controlling for variables like socioeconomic factors and other crime. “Within the United States, a wide array of empirical evidence indicates that more guns in a community leads to more homicide,” David Hemenway, the Injury Control Research Center’s director, wrote inPrivate Guns, Public Health.

This is widely believed by experts to be the consequence of America’s relaxed policy approach to and culture of guns: Making more guns more accessible means more guns, and more guns mean more gun deaths. Researchers have found this is true not just with gun homicides, but also with suicides, domestic violence, and even violence against police.

 

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