A man and a woman suspected of taking part in a gun attack at a social services agency in California, died in a shootout with police, several hours later. A third person was detained running away, it’s not clear if they were involved in the attack
Fourteen people died in the shooting, 17 more were injured. Police immediately launched a massive manhunt which led them to the town of Redlands where they found the SUV vehicle used by the suspects to flee the shooting scene.
The two dead suspects were identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, believed to have been in a relationship.
The attack took place in San Bernardino on the campus of the Inland Regional Center – it’s a facility run by non-profit organisations for people with developmental disabilities. Around 600 people are employed at the site, which provides community care facilities for 30,000 people in the local community.
The injured were taken to local hospitals. Their condition is unclear, a number some are said to be in a critical but stable condition. Others are being treated for minor injuries sustained in the crush as they had tried to escape.
Witnesseses said the attackers appeared to have been well prepared. They wore assault dress and were heavily armed. NBC news has reported that one of the suspects has been identified as Syed Farook but this is as yet unconfirmed.
Police will not comment on whether this was a terrorist attack. However the bomb squad is investigating suspected packages at the disability centre which they believe may by explosive devices.
Responding to the attack Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton took to social media to call for more gun regulation. Billionaire Donald Trump commended the bravery of the California police, while fellow Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.
The US has experienced numerous mass shootings – this latest comes comes less than a week after a gunman killed three people and wounded nine in a shooting rampage at a planed Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.