A reported mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., east of Los Angeles, brought a huge outpouring of emergency personnel to the area and disrupted normal activities for cable and broadcast news operations in Southern California.
Officials reportedly responded to a call of a shooting that came in at about 11 a.m. West Coast time.
Information remained spotty at the time of this report, but initial reports said as many as three heavily armed shooters were involved, with as many as 20 shooting victims. The incident reportedly took place in or near the Inland Regional Center, a social services facility.
Local stations in L.A. suspended normal programming to broadcast live coverage of the unfolding events in San Bernardino. In addition, cable news outlets, including Fox, CNN and MSNBC, were featuring the story.
San Bernardino in just over 60 miles from downtown Los Angeles, traveling east on Interstate 10. It’s at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, and is the gateway to the mountain resort towns of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear.
Law enforcement officials were reportedly seeking “active shooters.” According to at least one witness, the shooters, who were said to be wearing body armor, fled in a black SUV.
The Los Angeles Times reports: “One man whose wife worked in the building told KABC-TV that at least one gunman walked into the center and opened fire. She was able to lock herself in her office.”
The man is quoted in the story saying: “They saw bodies on the floor.”
The bomb squad reportedly responded to the scene to deal with a package that was believed to have been left behind by the attackers.
The Inland Regional Center reportedly provides services to the disabled and others in need.