Police: Suspect down after shootout following San Bernardino mass killing

Posted at 7:04 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 19:42:13-05

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Police in San Bernardino, California, say shots have been fired and a suspect is down near a dark-colored SUV not far from a social service center where at least 14 people were killed.

It’s unclear if the suspect is related to the deadly shooting today in Southern California. Television footage shows armored vehicles blocking the SUV on a residential street.

Officials say as many as three gunmen believed to be wearing military-style gear opened fire at a social services center, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than a dozen others in what authorities described as a targeted mission.

Gov. Jerry Brown says the shooting at a social services facility in Southern California is a brutal attack.

He said in a statement that “California will spare no effort in bringing these killers to justice.” The governor was scheduled to light the Capitol Christmas tree Wednesday evening, but his office said the ceremony will be canceled.

Police Sgt. Vicki Cervantes says one suspect was shot in a gunbattle with officers and there is still possibly a suspect “outstanding.”

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has confirmed that several of its employees were inside a social services facility when gunmen opened fire.

The department says on a verified county Twitter account that it’s not releasing any more information because of the ongoing investigation and out of respect for the victims.

The health department says it will be providing services to its employees and their families.

Center President and CEO Marybeth Feild said earlier Wednesday that the department was renting out a conference area at the center for a banquet when the attack took place.