Reports of an active shooter or more than one shooter at the agency for people with developmental disabilities were spreading fast, with possibly 20 victims, and all Perry knew about his daughter inside the building were the text messages coming to his cell phone.
“Shooting at my work. People shot.”
“Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”
Perry cried as he spoke to reporters.
“She’s been hiding,” he said.
Details were just starting to come in.
Marcos Aguilar told CNN affiliate KABC-TV that his wife had just made it out of the building.
“She said the guy came in next to her office and I guess started shooting,” he said. “Then he locked himself in in her office. They’ve seen bodies on the floor. She said right now ambulances are taking people out in stretchers.”
Inland Regional Center’s Facebook page says it employs nearly 670 staff at its facilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, providing service to more than 30,200 people.
The center aims to “work on a personal, one-on-one basis with people with developmental disabilities to make their lives better as they define it.”
On Wednesday afternoon, however, the area surrounding the center resembled a war zone, with dozens of people walking out of the building with their hands in the air and lines of heavily armed officers aiming their weapons.
It is unclear how many people were at the San Bernardino facility at the time of the shooting.
Kristin Krause, who works at a charter school about a mile away, said the staff and 400 students were on lockdown.
The students are secure, she said.
“We have all gates locked. We are doing everything we can to make sure our kids are protected.”
CNN Ashley Fantz and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.
(CNN) — The San Bernardino Fire Department is responding to reports of a “20 victim shooting incident” in the city, the department said on Twitter. Police in San Bernardino, California, tweeted a warning Wednesday that there was an active shooter situation. The shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a facility for people with developmental disabilities. It is unclear how many people were at the facility at the time of the shooting. The center’s Facebook page says it employs nearly 670 staff members at its facilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, providing service to more than 30,200 people.
There were one to three suspects, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tweeted, citing the police department. The three men has long rifles, a law enforcement source said. The three men got into a black SUV and exited the parking lot, the source said, citing the witnesses. After a SWAT team cleared the building where the shooting happened, a sheriff’s bomb squad found a suspicious package on the second floor, the source said. An explosive ordnance disposal team determined it is “not normal” and they are going to handle it by robot, the source said.
It urged people to avoid the area.
The San Bernardino Fire Department said on Twitter it was responding to reports of a “20 victim shooting incident.”
San Bernardino is a city of just over 200,000 people located 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
The San Bernardino Police Department has confirmed one to three “possible suspects” in Wednesday’s shooting in San Bernardino, the county sheriff’s department said on Twitter.
A man named Marcos Aguilar told CNN affiliate KABC that his wife had just gotten out of a building where a shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California. “She said the guy came in next to her office and I guess started shooting. Then he locked himself in in her office. They’ve seen bodies on the floor. She said right now ambulances are taking people out in stretchers,” he said.
Loma Linda University Medical Center is expecting an unknown number of patients from the San Bernardino, California, shooting, spokeswoman Briana Pastorino said. She said the extent of the anticipated patients’ injuries is not clear.
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