SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Officials say dozens of people are dead and injured in what is being reported as a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Officials say the shooting call originated from the Inland Regional Center, a center with the State of California Department of Developmental Services.
Initial reports indicated up to 20 people were injured in the shooting.
The full extent of their injuries is not known at this time, but there have been reports of several deaths.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jarrod Burguan, with the San Bernardino Police Department, confirmed that 14 people are dead and 17 others are wounded.
Witnesses told police that they saw three men with long rifles get into a black SUV and exit the parking lot, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source.
A federal law enforcement official said authorities believe one man angrily left a meeting inside the social services building, returned with “one or two” others, and started shooting.
Authorities believed the three suspects were armed with AK-47-type weapons and possibly other automatic ones, according to the cable news channel. A source told the network that agencies in the area have been warned to be on the lookout for the trio.
While the SWAT Team cleared the building, a bomb squad located a suspicious package on the center’s second floor, the source told CNN.
The package was determined “not normal” by an explosive ordnance disposal team, and a robot would be sent in to handle it, the news network reported.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department warned people to avoid the area.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police at the scene say up to three shooters were reported inside the Inland Regional Center. The suspects were said to be heavily armed and were possibly wearing body armor.
Terry Pettit told KABC that a gunman was in the building with his daughter and that she and some of her coworkers were hiding. She said there were 10 to 20 people were shot.
On Wednesday evening, officers surrounded a black SUV.
NBC is reporting that one suspect is in custody, and the other two have been shot.
The Inland Regional Center serves more than 31,000 people with developmental disabilities. Its website lists it as “a nonprofit, private community-based agency that is proud to help obtain services and support for our constituents.”
Wednesday’s shooting came just days after a gunman barged into a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, killing three people.