(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) — There were reports of up to 12 people dead in a shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, when multiple shooters who were heavily armed opened fire during a function at a center for people with developmental disabilities, according to various official sources.
The San Bernardino Fire Department has reported that they were responding to reports of 20 people being shot at the Inland Regional Center, a facility that cares for the people with developmental disabilities.
According to the San Bernardino Sheriff, authorities were searching for one to three suspects. The suspects were heavily armed and were possibly wearing body armor, according to San Bernardino police spokeswoman Sgt. Vicki Cervantes. At least one of them may have fled the location in a black SUV.
Cervantes said there were “confirmed fatalities” in the incident.
“They had some type of function here today, an event, and during that event is when multiple shooters came in and just started shooting,” Cervantes said.
Four people have been transported to the nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center, three of whom are being treated in operating rooms and the fourth is receiving a CT scan. Three more patients were expected, according to a hospital spokesman.
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The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have both confirmed to ABC News that they are responding to the shooting.
A White House spokesman confirmed to ABC News that President Obama has been briefed on the situation by Homeland Security advisor Lisa Monaco.
KABC-TVA man whose wife works at the Inland Regional Center said that his wife saw a man she believed to be a shooter.
“The guy came in next to her office and I guess started shooting,” said the man, who identified himself to KABC as Marc.
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He said that his wife told him she locked herself in her office with others. When she and the others left the building, “they saw bodies on the floor,” Marc said his wife told him.
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