The tragedy that took place with the mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, earlier today may have just been made worse. Reports are now coming out that there is a SWAT situation taking place about 50 miles away in Pasadena, California. Many reports are saying that a perimeter is being set up near a mall and schools, and that it is related to the shootings earlier in the day.
UPDATE – 5 p.m. ET: Article has been updated with information regarding total confirmed dead in the San Bernardino shootings and that the SWAT situation is not related.
— Randy Mac (@RandyNBCLA) December 2, 2015
There are many more reports coming in and saying that the news of the two situations being connected are unfounded. A lot of news outlets are saying that the SWAT situation in Pasadena is not related to the San Bernardino shooting situation.
UPDATE: Swat situation in Pasadena is Not Related to SB shooting.
— News Source LA (@NewsSourceLA) December 2, 2015
Gawker reported that at least 12 people are dead and at least another 20 people were injured in the shootings at an office complex in San Bernardino. It was reported that the three suspected shooters had escaped in a black SUV and were “on the loose.”
About an hour after the shooting was originally reported, reports of a SWAT situation started being reported about 50 miles away in Pasadena. Originally, the reports said that this situation was indeed related to the San Bernardino shootings.
— JJ Green (@JJGreenWTOP) December 2, 2015
Within about 20 minutes of the first report of a SWAT situation in Pasadena, it was being tweeted out that police had barricaded a suspect and had a person in custody. Again, they are saying that this situation has nothing to do with San Bernardino.
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) December 2, 2015
CNN is reporting that SWAT teams and the bomb squad were working to clear the buildings at the center for people with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino. It is known that as many as 20 people were shot on Wednesday, but the exact number of those that have died is not confirmed.
The three suspects are believed to be armed with AK-47-type weapons, and it is not yet known if this situation has anything to do with terrorism of any kind.
As of 4:33 p.m. ET, the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center had received eight patients from the shootings. Four adults had been transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center and three more patients were expected to be coming in soon.
The nature of the wounds were not yet known.
Yahoo News has run through any confirmed information that is known so far in the San Bernardino Shooting situation.
- Confirmed 14 people dead and 20 others injured per press conference.
- Suspects were wearing vests of some type and possibly ski masks.
- FBI and ATF agents are working on clearing all buildings at the facility.
- President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation.
- A suspicious device was left in one of the buildings and the bomb squad did come in to inspect it.
- It is not yet known if this is a terrorism situation or not.
- All non-injured that were in the buildings have been taken to safety and are part of the investigation.
President Obama has responded to the shootings in San Bernardino, California, in an interview with CBS News.
“Well, we don’t know that much yet. It’s still an active situation. FBI is on the ground offering assistance to local officials as they need it. It does appear that there are going to be some casualties. And you know, obviously our hearts go out to the victims and the families. The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there’s some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently, common sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks and you know, for those who are concerned about terrorism of, you know, some may be aware of the fact that we have a no fly list where people can’t get on planes but those same people who we don’t allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm and there’s nothing that we can do to stop them. That’s a law that needs to be changed, and so you know, my hope is that we’re able to contain this particular shooting and, and we don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are, but what we do know is, is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer and that we should come together in a bipartisan basis at every level of government to make these rare as opposed to normal. We should never think that this is something that just happens in the ordinary course of events, because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
The police have now said that they do not know who any of the suspects are and there is not any known motive for the shootings. Sheriff John McMahon of San Bernardino County said that the search of the medical facility buildings is still ongoing.
McMahon has said that the courts as well as the city and county buildings have also been shut down. Schools have also been made aware of the situation and they are on alert as to what is going on and that the suspects are still at large.
Again, the SWAT situation in Pasadena is not related to the San Bernardino shootings in any form or fashion. The San Bernardino shootings are under investigation and the police do have a manhunt underway to look for the suspects.
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