Wednesday, December 2, in a shooting in San Bernardino (California) killed at least 14 people, another 17 were injured. The condition of ten victims from serious to critical.
About 30 people, who are being held hostage were saved.
— Massacre in California: the attack on the center Inland. Photo
The attack was carried out by three criminals around 11:00 local time in the building of the Inland Regional Center, which houses the offices of the organization involved in helping people with special needs.
The area was cordoned off by police. The square in front of the center arrived dozens of cars, «ambulance», fire service and police. On one of the floors of the building police found a suspicious subject similar to an explosive device. But this course was not serious.
Local media reported that the attackers managed to escape in a black SUV. According to NBC News, later two of them (man and woman) were killed in a shootout with police.
American media wrote that it is not excluded the version of a terrorist attack. In response to these publications, the representative of police of the state of California has stated that it is not about the attack, reports CNN.
The killer opened fire in the building Inland Regional Center at a time when the conference hall was the celebration timed to the upcoming Christmas.
NBC News and Reuters publish the names of the two attackers who were killed during a shootout with the police: 27-year-old Malik Tashfin and 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farooq (Farouk said the involvement to the attack confirmed by police). The second assailant may have been the brother said.
According to the investigation, said Farouk went mad from the Inland centre, which hosted the staff party, and then went back with arms along with his accomplices and opened fire on the people.
Father said Farouk said that he learned about the incident from media reports, describing his son as «very religious Muslim».
It is known that Saeed Farooq was born and raised in the U.S., was a specialist on the protection of the environment.
The California branch of the Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Council of southern California held a press conference during which he expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims of the attack and condemned the actions of the attackers.
U.S. President Barack Obama was informed about the tragedy by his national security adviser and later, in an interview with CBS News, stated that he considered it necessary to revise American laws on the right of citizens to keep and bear arms, stressing that in no other country in the world attacks with firearms do not happen with such frequency, as in the United States.