Two suspects are dead after a shootout in San Bernardino on Wednesday.
During a press conference, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan revealed that one male and one female believed to be involved with the Inland Regional Center attack have been killed.
The supposed shooters were first tracked down in the nearby city of Redlands, California. Authorities chased them down once they drove off in a dark-colored SUV.
Jarrod explained that the two were armed with assault rifles and handguns, and exchanged fire with police. He also added that an officer was hit in the shootout, but his injuries are not life-threatening.
He mentioned that a third person was spotted running away from the scene, but that individual has been taken in to custody.
However, he’s not sure if the person-in-question is actually involved with the San Bernardino tragedy.
After the shootout was over, the police began searching the surrounding neighborhood for any additional suspects, because they had received calls from residents who claim they heard someone jumping fences in the area.
However, during the conference, the chief confirmed that the search is now being wrapped up. He said they didn’t find anyone else in that location, so they’re lifting the shelter order that had been in place.
He said the bomb squad is actively examining a device that is believed to be a potential explosive, and that there is more “sensitive” material around the SUV.
David Bowdich — who is the FBI assistant director in charge of the LA field office — explained that they haven’t been able to confirm whether or not the San Bernardino shooting is an act of terrorism. He said it’s too soon to tell but added:
“We will go where the evidence takes us.”
He did say that the FBI, the local law enforcement, and the ATF are all working together during the investigation. But he expressed that it is still ongoing, saying:
“This is a fluid, active investigation. We are still gathering facts.”
Authorities have yet to provide any identification or description of the shooters, and haven’t discussed a motive at this point.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these terrible events.
[Image via KTLA.]