Two suspects are dead after a shootout with police on Wednesday afternoon after they committed a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, where they killed 14 people and wounded at least 17 more. The investigation is still ongoing, and many stories are coming out of the day, including a video of evacuees being led to safety by police officers in one of the office buildings. One of the officers words displayed true courage and have now gone viral.
The shooting took place at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday afternoon as a holiday party was going on. The party was taking place in an auditorium at the center for people with developmental disabilities.
So far, not everything is known, but CNN has confirmed that one male and one female suspect have been killed in a shootout with police. A third person had been detained and was being questioned about the day’s events.
After the shootings were reported and police arrived on the scene, the multiple buildings at the center were being evacuated and cleared by police. As reported by KPCC 89.3, an employee in one of the buildings began recording with their phone as the armed officers were leading them to safety.
The video is rather shaky and often times, the view is obstructed, but you can see the evacuees with their hands raised as officers lead the group. The sound is perfectly clear and just a short time in, you can hear one officer clearly say something extremely brave.
“Try to relax. Try to relax. I’ll take a bullet before you do, that’s for damn sure.”
Since it landed online, it’s now begun going viral.
The building shows that the police officers weren’t just doing their job in leading the evacuees to safety, but making sure they were safe. Not only that, but they were willing to put their lives on the line to make sure no other innocent lives were lost.
As the evening has gone on, one of the suspects in the San Bernardino shootings has been identified as Syed (Sayeed) Farook.
— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) December 3, 2015
The Daily Beast says that police have identified Farook was at the holiday party this morning that included county personnel. Witnesses say he was looking nervous upon leaving the event, and then around 11 a.m., two people entered the center and opened fire.
Farook had been identified as the shooter by witnesses on the scene. He is listed as a state employee who works as an environmental health specialist in San Bernardino. There is another state employee of the same name who works as a business tax representative for the Board of Equalization in Norwalk.
According to the NY Daily News, Farook’s father said his son was a devout Muslin and “very religious.” Farook’s father said his son would even leave work to go home and pray, and then drive all the way back to return to work.
“I haven’t heard anything. He worked in a county office. He’s married and has a kid. We’re estranged because my wife got the divorce, and they are together. She doesn’t want to see me.”
Terrorism has not yet been ruled out by the police in their investigation.
In the wake of the tragedy of the San Bernardino shootings, stories and videos like that of the police officer willing to take a bullet for evacuees make people believe in each other again. That video is making the rounds online now, and more like that will be needed as the tragic information of the day continues to be investigated.
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