San Bernardino shooting leaves country stunned

Shooting in San Bernardino, CA leaves 14 dead, 17 injured, and the two suspects killed.

Inland Regional Center - where the shooting took place

Inland Regional Center – where the shooting took place

Dozens of shots rang out around 11 A.M. within the convention building at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on Thursday, December 2, 2015. Fourteen people were killed and 17 were injured (mostly from gunshot woulds) while attending a holiday party.

Facebook profile picture of Syed Farook

The assailants were identified as 28 year old Syed Rizwan Farook, a US-born environmental specialist for San Bernardino County, and 27 year old Tashfeen Malik. Not much is known about Tashfeen, but the two are known to be husband and wife.

Syed was invited and attended the holiday party but shortly left after getting into a dispute. Syed went home then he and his wife returned to the party with explosive devices and guns. The police recovered two .223-caliber assault rifles and two semiautomatic handguns. “They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

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A third person who was seen sprinting away from the crime scene is in custody. The police believe that this suspect probably has nothing to do with the shooting, but have not ruled it out yet. No new information has been released on this unidentified suspect. Investigators were unable to search the car in which the Syed and Tashfeen especaped in until all rendered explosives at the scene were safe.

It makes me sick. It makes me furious. It’s just wrong and there’s no way around that. The shootings need to stop, the killing needs to stop.”

— Paxton Kelley

About four hours after the shooting, the police were drawn to the nearby town of Redlands where they received a anonymous tip that led them to chase the two shooters in a black SUV. Police followed the vehicle until it stopped. When the vehicle finally slowed to a halt, 21 police officers gunned down the two suspects leaving them dead inside of their car.

Junior Paxton Kelley describes his reaction to watching the live news updates. “I felt sick to my stomach,” said Paxton. “I was worried about the people who had been harmed and the people who could still be harmed, and angry with the thought of someone killing innocent people.” His same reaction was the reaction of many Americans as they watched in horror. “It makes me sick.  It makes me furious.  It’s just wrong and there’s no way around that.  The shootings need to stop, the killing needs to stop.”

The motives of the two killers are still unknown and will likely remain that way until new information and investigations are made.