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arabia this year and returned with a wife. they reportedly have a 6-month-old baby. >> we're getting a new report right now from the scene of that shoot-out where the two suspects were killed. >> kabc's leeann souter is at the scene. >> reporter: authorities say up to 21 officers were involved in that shoot-out as well as those two suspects as you can see live behind me here, this neighborhood remains shutdown as the investigation continues into the night. >> [ expletive ] gunshots. >> yeah. >> those are gunshots! >> oh, yeah. >> those are gunshots [ expletive ]. >> oh [ expletive ]. >> reporter: a terrifying scene captured on camera, drivers caught in the crossfire of a rolling gun battle as police opened fire on suspected killers. >> multiple gunshots going back and forth. next thing you know, i seen army officers, fbi agents everything is coming down the street. and i wasn't even scared because one of the officers is came past and told us run inside the
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house. there's an active shooter. the first thing i did was ran to safety. the shooting kept on going for about 45 seconds to a minute. it was a constant shoot-out. >> reporter: the suspect's suv riddled with bullet holes. two dead. 28-year-old syed farook and 27-year-old tashfeen malik. the chase was on. witnesses say the suspects exchanged gunfire with police before crashing. the neighborhood erupting in a barrage of bullets. >> oh, my gosh. >> dozens of police cars and all these men with guns were running behind me with guns drawn. i'm in the middle of it. and then more shots start fire. so big thunder. this time i'm really close. >> we were watching tv and hear gun fires left and right. and we -- my grandmother says go hide in the bathtub. go hide. i finally get into the bathtub.
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because there's marble walls so she said it will keep me safe. and we did that and after that, after a few minutes when the gunfire started to slow down, an fer came and said to get out of our house. there's a bomb in the front of our house. >> reporter: authorities feared the suspects threw potential explosives from the vehicle. as the bomb squad inspected the potential bombs, other officers on the hunt for a potential third suspect who may have fled the scene. residents helping to spot a suspicious man taken in for questioning. >> him showing up a couple times, concentrating on going down this alley. another person coming down the alley with something strapped to him. they didn't get a good look what he had, but it's -- it is a bit innerving. >> reporter: as the investigation continues into the night, residents are counting their blessing.
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witnesses say there were bullet holes in their homes but no one was injured. >> i was a little bit scared because i left my kids here thinking they would be safe because i was hoping they would have fled from the area and not come back. apparently they stayed in the area in the vicinity. so it was scary. >> reporter: one officer was hurt in the shoot-out. we are told his injury is not life-threatening. officials say that this neighborhood will be -- will remain shutdown well into tomorrow for a very lengthy investigation. life in san bernardino, lee and souter, abc 7, eyewitness news. >> initially they thought there were three suspects on the run and whittled it down to two. but that third suspect they said they did apprehend someone but don't know if that person is tied to these attacks. >> they do believe that will person was not a shooter. coming up, the trend of tragedy. >> the shooting just the latest in a sick and sad routine. stay with us. we'll have much more in just a moment.
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there's still no word on motive for the rampage until san bernardino. >> federal agents say this latest shooting is part of an alarming trend. here's abc's pierre thomas. >> reporter: it's been happening with frightening regularity. the second mass shooting in less
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than a week. three were killed at a planned parenthood clinic last saturday, ten killed in october at an oregon college, nine massacred in a church in june. five pooh gunned down in chattanooga in july. the potential motives ranged from racism to politics to terrorism. cases in small and large cities, urban and rural areas. there have been at least 56 mass shootings so far in 2015 where at least three people have died, an average of more than one a week. the trend alarming. federal agents say the number of active shooter incidents have more than doubled in recent years. across this country, police officials are worried that this is the new normal. a deadly new normal. pierre thomas, abc news, new york. people wonder does having stronger gun laws headache a difference? it was the law center to prevent gun violence trying to fight to get more legislation on gun control found the state of california was one of the highest scorers when came to
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good gun laws. they got an i minus. >> jerry brown very vocal about that. the governor there.
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♪ we're back now with more on the reactions from the nation following the horrific mass shooting in san bernardino, california. >> we know at least 14 people were dead, even more injured. the investigation on going. but as we learn more about the suspects and their motive, we're still asking the larger question why. >> yeah, and we're not getting any answers to that. a press conference was held a few hours ago with officials out there and they say they still don't know why. >> we're looking at some of the morning papers. the daily news, the cover here saying god won't fix this. thoughts and prayers. it's been tweeted out by lots of the political candidates, ted
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cruz, rand paul, paul ryan, the headline here says the latest batch of innocent americans are left lying in pools of blood. cowards continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes. >> that has been one of their issues that the new york daily news has taken up. this is the cover of the "l.a. times," rampage kills 14. this incident taking place about 60 miles to the east of los angeles. >> and gabby giffords tweeting out america is an extraordinary place but these shootings make us stand out in the worst of ways lsht san bernardino. >> she's been vocal about this every one of these incidents when they've taken place. and dianne feinstein, the senator from california, of course, saying each time i see news of another mass shooting i feel it in the pit of my stomach. high my heart is with san bernardino. >> the "washington post" has been keeping tabs on shootings this year. they say there have been more shootings in america than days
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of the year. 352 by their count. >> it's really a frightening frightening number. this one, there have been 44 mass shootings in the month of june alone when you think about that. more than 351 as you mentioned overall this year alone. it does become a daily occurrence it seems here in this country. as i mentioned those words like shelter in place and active shooter, they're young kids that know what ha means. >> uh-huh. also the fact a lot of questions being asked why america, why the president of the united states saying in an interview yesterday that a lot of people are questioning why it happens to this country and not other countries. there are many more gun homicides here than in other advanced countries. that's become a focus, as well. >> coming back to a point you made, california has strict gun laws yet this took place in california. is that really the key? >> a lot of people asking, politicians on capitol hill to take some action because this is becoming all too normal. >> that's the news for this half
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this morning on "world news now," developments unfolding quickly for the southern california shooting rampage. >> the details coming in from the scene from investigators and what we're learning overnight about the witnesses, live extended coverage ahead. including the suspects, their identities and the search for a motive. the latest from police trying to piece together what happened in their intense investigation. >> and later inside the minds of suspect who's carry out deadly gun violence and the warning signs about deadly terrorist acts here in the homeland. it is thursday, december 3rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this busy thursday. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson. it is a busy thursday morning late night news conferences or early morning news conferences were held out in san bernardino as we mentioned. a lot of information coming in.
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i guess we should get right to it. the breaking news out of san bernardino, california. the search for a motive does continue at this hour after the deadliest mass shooting on u.s. soil since sandy hook. >> at least 14 people were killed and 1 wounded in the bloody rampage at a social services center. >> two suspects are dead a man and woman killed in a fierce gun battle with police after a high speed chase. one identified ass syed farook. brandi hitt leads off coverage live from san bernardino. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are three very active police scenes here in san bernardino at this hour. we are where it all began where the shooting spree started just a few minutes ago, police have now identified both of the suspected gunmen as a young couple. they were both armed with assault rifles and handguns. and one of them opened fire on his fellow colleagues.
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it ended as it began in a hail of gunfire captured on this cell phone video. four hours of terror in san bernardino after a gunman stormed an office building killing 14 people. the final confrontation on a neighborhood street. a dark suv riddled with bullets. a person with a gunshot down feet away, another dead inside. >> of the suspects that are dead at the scene, one is a male. one is a female. they are both armed with assault rifles. they're both armed with handguns. >> reporter: abc news confirmed one of the suspects is syed farook. >> why would he do something like this? i have absolutely no idea. i am in shock myself. >> reporter: law enforcement tracked down the suspects just two miles from the initial attack at the inland regional center. >> multiple shots that were fired. we're getting a suspect last seen wearing a black ski mask, all black clothing carrying a
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shotgun. >> reporter: witnesses describe a barrage of gunfire. the people working there called their families. >> she was scared and she said i just want to tell you that i love you. she called us from in the hospital but she's doing better. she's alive. >> i have a suspect dressed in camo, mask, helmet, kevlar. >> reporter: investigators say the shooters targeted a workshop and training event inside the center. the bomb squad seth investigating a suspicious device authorities believe could be an explosive. in fact, in the last few hours, we've been hearing officers detonating potential explosives inside that building. still a very active scene. they want to make sure nothing has been left behind that could hurt anyone. we've learned the group holding that meeting behind me was the san bernardino county public health department. the police department just announcing that syed farook was an environmental specialist there. and police and several witnesses
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say he was at that meeting and then left. police say some said he was angry. roughly 30 minutes before the shooting began. reporting live in san bernardino, brandi hitt, abc news, kendis and reena? >> before you go, do we know anything further about a motive? is this potentially isis inspire sthd can we go that far at this hour? >> that's pretty far to go according to officers. they're not ruling it out but still have a lot to investigate. was this an angry employee firing back at colleagues or more to it? we do know tashfeen malik and syed farook both fairly young were either in a relationship as far as a fiance or they were possibly married. officers don't know but know they were together. they were a couple. and officers also originally thought they were searchinging for three suspects. they said they believe now there were only two shooters and they
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believe both of those shooters are dead. >> brandi hitt. the police officers were saying they did detain somebody. they were questioning him but don't believe that he was one of the shooters. our thanks to brandi hitt in san bernardino. of course, we're going to continue in with her a little bit later. >> the final confrontation with the suspects took place in a residential neighborhood. >> one resident was home when it took place, waiting to go to work. he made it as far as his garage when he heard this. [ gunfire ] >> an up-close view of what was going on this afternoon. >> well, of course, a long list of questions have to be answered about this particular rampage. >> investigators are only starting their work looking into every aspect of what happened, who was involved and why. abc's pierre thomas with more. >> reporter: law enforcement officials in a desperate attempt to go over the background of the two dead suspects.
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who were they communicating with, who are their associates? their phones, their computers, social media footprint is being vacuum cleaned. obviously there's a possibility of terrorism. there are a lot of different scenarios here. it could be terrorism, workplace, a combination of both. till they know, they won't be making any final determination. last week the fbi director and attorney general had a very rare joint appearance together in which they talked about the concern that people here who might thinkize with isis for whatever reason would do some sort of copycat attack. that is part of the environment that's being looked at. also, we've seen such a spate of mass shootings this year. i think we calculated that this year alone, 56 case afc mass shootings where three or more people have been killed. the most telling thing we know is what they were wearing and carrying. they were wearing tactical gear. they also had assault style rifles and handguns. the possibility of an explosive.
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these were people who came to kill. and that is deeply concerning and even though this was a horrific day, law enforcement is breathing a sigh of relief in that they got two suspects because imagine if those people were still on loose with no suspects. in the mass shootings we've seen at least in the last couple years, we just haven't seen women involved. that's something that we'll be closely looking at and analyzes. at this point, they want to know who that woman is and who were her associates. what is her connection to the other male suspect who is also dead. so many questions. >> pierre, thank you so much. president obama was giving an interview when he was received word about the rampage in california. >> here's what he told cbs news. >> fbi is on the ground offering assistance to local officials as had he need it. it does appear that there are going to be some casualties and
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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 the president went on to call for a bipartisan effort to make americans safer by passing what he calls common sense gun laws. >> and he also pointed out that many people on the airline no fly list are still able to buy guns in this country. of course, reaction has been coming in all across this country from.politicians especially house speaker paul ryan among those reacting to the massacre in california. >> at his first capitol hill christmas tree lighting, the wisconsin republican called for a moment of silence for the victims just a kay earlier in response to the shooting at a planned parenthood clinic, he urged congress to prioritize mental health reform. >> among the many candidates
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expressing sympathy for the victims was donald trump. he began his rally last night with a moment of silence. he also thanked law enforcement for their efforts saying they don't get enough credit for their work. earlier he tweeted the shooting looks very bad. we have much more coverage coming up from southern california ca later this half hour. we're going to hear from more eyewitnesss telling their stories to our station kabc. >> turning to other news beginning with the trial of the baltimore police officer accused in the death of freddie gray. defense attorneys are disputing when gray was injured in the back of a police transport van and claim porter asked gray if he needed medical attention while he was being taken to a police station. earlier prosecutors denied that saying gray needed medical help and that he couldn't can be brief. in chicago, mayor rahm emanuel is refusing calls for his resignation. officer jason van dyke is now facing first degree murder charges for the shooting death
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of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald, emmanuel is also resisting the call by illinois illinois attorney general for a justice department probe saying the fbi and u.s. attorney's office already have an ongoing investigation. >> let's turn toward the weather because parts of the southeast are seeing severe flooding. in western north carolina, a campground flooded faster than usual. individuals had to haul all vehicles to high ground. one man and his puppy were rescued from a trailer. several area roads are also closed at this hour. there was significant flooding in northwest georgia with some residents evacuated. several roads washed out or blocked by mud slides isolating residents and some cools were closed, as well. the southeast gets a reprieve, but the northwest is in for severe storms yet again. here's paul williams at accuweather. good morning. >> thanks. we're looking at a strong push
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of winds coming off the pacific like a big old bully bullying its way in the form of 60-mile-per-hour winds. we're looking at the possibility of power outages and we're going to see tree damage. that's going to possibly cause concerns as far as even the commute throughout the northwest portions of the country. in addition to that, watch out for a series of storms to hit the same area, as well. kendis, reena. >> need his take on a day like this. thank you. coming up, our top story. the shooting rampage in southern california. >> the outraging from coast to coast as the nation confronts grief and disbelief following another mass shooting. > inside the minds of suspect smus. what the government has just revealed about warning signs. you're watching a special edition of "world news now." yeah...just wait 'til we hit ten thousand feet.
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recapping our top story, that horrific scene in san bernardino, california. at least two the shooters opening fire on workers at a center for the disabled killing 14 and injuring 17 others. as terrified employees left the building with their hands in the air, others hid in offices till police arrived hours later. two suspects were killed in a shoot-out with police. tashfeen malik and syed farook identified.
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there's still no word upon a possible motive. >> there's a new report from the secret service that ames to provide insight into active shooters. >> and the report profiles the type of people most likely to pursue a mass shooting. elizabeth hur has more on the potential warning signs. >> reporter: in this video obtained by abc news, you can see why police must always be on guard. this is what prompted the lockdown at the pentagon in 2010, john patrick by del calming walking toward the entrance and pulling out a 9-millimeter handgun and shooting. officers returned fire killing bedel. according to investigators bedel was paranoid and believed the government was spying on him. >> we continue to see these instances happen. all but one exhibited concerning behavior prior to the attack. >> reporter: this is one of 43 attacks on federal governmentables since 2001 studied by the secret service. the agency now urging law
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enforcement and the public to watch forewarning signs. >> anywhere where you're interacting with people where you have a system and can take that information to someone in authority who might be able to intervene. >> reporter: the report revealing while more than half the attacks on the government involved so-called lone wolves with guns some have detonated bombs and even mailed poison to the department of transportation. list had your, abc news, new york. >> part of this report they say to get help for the people who need it early. but there are so many differentdon warning signs. sometimes it's hard not to fend someone by saying you've got mental elt issues. >> one of the striking things about this particular incident, it might have been one of the first if not the first time we've heard a female shooter involved in a mass shooting in this country in particular. so the profile of what we believe to be a mass shooter has definitely changed and evolved over the last couple years.
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>> as brandi mentioned earlier, we don't know if this is isis inspired. with the paris attacks a couple weeks, there was a female involvement who detonated her suicide vest. you're seeing this becoming more of a tactic used in these type of situations. >> sad tactic. >> how the events in san bernardino have affected the race for the white house and the debate over gun control. again coming to the forefront as the candidates react. >> first the latest from southern california. a community desperately searching for answers. that picture there.
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i'm the parent of a victim of sex trafficking. people need to know that even good kids from good neighborhoods are still vulnerable to this tricked environment where they're being taken off the street and put into bondage. we're back with our continuing coverage of the mass
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shooting in san bernardino. the effects of the massacre will be with us for quite some time. >> and even the people who survived the attacks or witnessed the chaos are going to be scarred emotionally. they've been talking to our station in southern california, kabc. here's some of that coverage. >> our daughter's in there. she texted us about 30 minutes ago and said that there was a shooter. she thought he had shot 10 to 20 people. >> she said the guy came in next to her office and i guess started shooting. >> shooting at my work, people shot in the office waiting for cops. >> but she's okay? >> pray for us. >> she just said that she was in a room. she locked herself up. there were shooters. >> i haven't been able to contact my boyfriend. he's in there. him and his brother.
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if you see this, brian, call me. let me know that you and your brother are okay. >> all of a sudden, boom, it was like right here. >> boom, boom, boom. >> they said they're on the loose. >> i was right behind the building and i heard all the shots. >> multiple shots. shots going off like crazy. just one right after the other. and as i came out, then we had seen a black suv flying down the street. what i saw looked like one guy was wearing military fatigue. >> so heart breaking as you can imagine. one of the questions at a press conference that just took place to the police chief there was what do you want to tell the community. he says i want to tell the entire community we're working really hard to make sure they're save. the big relief the two suspects they believe behind this have been killed. they're not on the run. >> but this investigation still has so many hours and days ahead of it, even at this hour, there are several scenes that police
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start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. ♪ some of the touching images out of southern california, and they look all too familiar unfortunately. this horrific news out of san bernardino has us all looking for answers and beyond, of course. the immediate details, the larger question looms, why does this keep happening? >> and that california community mourning the terrible loss of the victims. abc's byron pitts has reaction from around the nation during what's supposed to be a festive time. >> we reflect on the 14 who died. a nation outraged at yet another senseless act of violence.
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the annual capital tree lighting ceremony becoming a cathartic moment. >> even in the darkest of times, god is there and he is good. >> the festivities planned for california's state capital tree lighting ceremony taking a subdued tone. governor jerry brown saying our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and everyone affected by the brutal attack. meanwhile politicians offering remorse, from hillary clinton, i refuse to accept this as normal. we must take action to stop gun violence now. dianne feinstein mo attempted to ban assault weapons two years ago, each time i see news of another mass shooting i feel it in the pit of my stomach. and ted cruz who voted no on the assault weapon ban, our prayers are with the victims. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> so many reactions coming from all over the place. today's daily headline striking. it says god isn't fixing this
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after showing many of the tweets from republican lawmakers saying our prayers are with the victims, ted cruz saying our prayers are with the victims. >> that almost seems like a reflective response from folks in politics. people are kind of getting upset over why there isn't more action taken on capitol hill over gun regulations. senator connecticut senator chris murphy saying your thoughts should be about steps to stop this carnage. your prayers should be forgiveness if you do nothing again. >> chris murphy has been a champion for gun control legislation. he met, of course, with the family of sandy hook, this being the deadliest mass shooting since sandy hook. his initial reaction to all of this was oh, god, not again. a lot of people saying that. >> a lot of people are saying that and worrying how this could be prevented in their own communities. that's the news for this half
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this morning on "world news now," disbelief, grief and fear after the deadly california shooting rampage, the unforgettable scenes, the human toll. the search for answers and the breaking developments overnight. >> including details just released about the suspects, their take-down and what led to the shootings. we'll take you live to san bernardino. >> and later gun violence as a campaign issue. the presidential hopefuls address the emotional topic as they look for votes. it is thursday, december 3rd. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> we do say good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm reena ninan. we want to get right to the breaking news in san bernardino, california. the latest mass shooting to rattle the nation. we're talking 14 lives lost in just a matter of minutes.
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>> the male and female suspects killed in the shoot-out with the police have been identified as syed farook and tashfeen malik, a couple in their late 20s, reportedly the parents of a 6-month-old baby. farook was a u.s. citizen and county employee. he allegedly left the training event being held at the social services center, then returned and hoped fire. abc's matt gutman has more on how all of this played out. >> reporter: lines of ambulances rushing to the scene, swat teams wearing body armor approaching the massive complex, a center whose mission is to care for people with developmental disabilities. the scene of a horror. 11:00 a.m., the first reports coming in. >> possible shots that were fired. we're getting a suspect, last seen wearing a black ski mask all black kroeting carrying a shotgun. >> witnesses outside describing a barrage of bullets. >> all of a sudden, boom, it just -- it was like right here. >> boom, boom, boom. >> they said they're on the loose. >> i was right behind the
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building. and i heard all the shots. >> reporter: juan hernandez was staying at a hotel across the street. he came out when he heard the gunfire. >> a bunch of shots. multiple shots. shots going off like crazy, just one right after the other. and as i came out, then we had seen a black suv flying down the street. what i saw it looked like one guy was wearing military fatigue. >> i have a suspect dressed in camo, mask, helmet, kevlar. >> reporter: the law enforcement response massive. >> they're coming over here. >> that's where they're running to. >> reporter: a nurse filming this video from inside the building. people evacuated with their hands in the air. getting patdowns to make sure attackers weren't blending in with the crowd. >> check our bag and ids. >> and then 45 minutes after that first call, this chilling police radio dispatch. >> the suspect possibly all three of them fled in a black
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suv. >> these are people that came prepared that they were dressed and equipped in a way to indicate that they were prepared and they had -- they were armed with long guns. not handguns. >> reporter: families gathering at the scene getting text messages from loved ones. terry pettitte reading this message from his daughter locked in an office. >> shooting at my work. people shot. in the office waiting for cops. >> reporter: but she's okay? >> pray for us. >> reporter: frank waiting anxiously for his niece. he tells me they spoke on the phone. >> she said something about three shooters with machine guns. >> reporter: she was outside when it happened on her break you said, and then what happened? >> they hit the floor and they ran inside to their manager's office and barricaded themselves. >> reporter: you seem pretty nervous right now. you're still pretty upset. but she's okay, right? >> she's okay, but i just want to comfort her. >> this man's wife got out safely.
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they locked themself in in her office. they seen bodies on the floor. >> reporter: glenn willwerth heard it all unfold. >> you can hear people yelling and screaming. you can see a lot of people running around. >> reporter: a triage area set up at this intersection. the injured carried away on stretchers. police escorting evacuees to school buses, s.w.a.t. teams spent hours looking for victims and any explosives the attackers might have left behind. the scene still active hours later. authorities moving in to remove a suspicious device. >> one of those devices is believed to potentially be an explosive device. they're taking a very cautious very slow approach to processing that building and rendering that safe. >> reporter: the killers and their motives still a mystery. >> i know one of the big questions that will come up repeatedly is, is this terrorism. i am still not willing to say that we know that for sure. we are definitely making some movements that it is a possibility. >> reporter: and if this wasn't
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terrorism with a big "t," then certainly this attack caused a tremendous amount of terror and fear in this community and there are still those 14 families waiting to hear about the fate of their loved ones identities of those killed have not yet been released. matt gutman, abc news, san bernardino. >> our thanks to matt there. >> so many unanswered questions at this hour. mainly about the suspects and their motives. >> our coverage continues live in san bernardino with abc's brandi hitt. what can you tell us? we know there's a press conference just now. what's the latest from investigators? >> reporter: reena and kendis, police are now identifying the two suspected gunmen who are now dead as 27-year-old tashfeen malik and 28-year-old syed farook. officers say they were a couple, either engaged or married. but that they planned this attack at least that's what it appears. it was coordinated and well planned before they went into the building behind me. you can still see a large police presence here at this hour. officers are still going through
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the office building. within the last hour, we've heard three explosions. we were told they would be controlled explosions because they were concerned the couple may have left some sort of improvised explosives behind possibly. they've been going through the building and want to make sure it's deemed safe as the investigation continues. >> brandi, even at this early hour and several hours after this rampage took place, there are still several scenes right now police are investigating. what are they doing right now? >> reporter: this is one of three major police scenes we are in. obviously, this is where it all started with the shooting spree. when the shoot-out with authorities happened, it was only about two miles from where we are. that's another active scene. you saw that suv just riddled with bullets. officers surrounding it, making sure there weren't any suspects that were still at large. they originally thought there may be three gunmen. now officers confirmed they believe there were only two
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gunmen and both of those gunmen are dead. then there is a third search going on at a home five to six miles from where we are. it's believed that's where farook and malik lived together. authorities said that the home is in the name of farook but they're searching to make sure there may be evidence there that could help them determine a motive. that's obviously the big question. we've learned that syed farook was a county employee. authorities say he was an environmental specialist. he was at this meeting but then left 30 minutes before the shooting spree began. >> abc's brandi hitt live in san bernardino. we can hear the crews right behind her working through the clock. thank you so much. the victims of the rampage were honored last night before professional sports events in southern california. >> please join us as we observe a moment of silence for those who lost their lives. >> that moment of silence held at the staples center in los angeles before the
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los angeles clippers tipped off against indiana. a moment of silence was also held before the anaheim ducks game in southern california, as well. >> do stay with abc news as we cover developments from san bernardino. just ahead, how gun violence has turned into a major campaign issue. >> let's turn our focus to other headlines. happening right now, britain has launched its first air strikes against isis targets in syria. those attacks followed a long emotional debate in the house of commons which led to the air strikes being approved. british prime minister david cameron came out in strong support of the coalition air strikes. >> these terrorists are plotting to kill us and to radicalize our children right now. they attack us because of who we are, not because of what we do. >> cameron was backed by most members of his conservative party. opponents of the air strikes called them a reckless and half baked intervention that will make little practical difference. in baltimore, the trial of a
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police officer accused in the death of freddie gray is under way. defense attorneys for officer william porter are disputing when gray was injured in the back of a police van. they claim officer porter asked gray if he needed medical attention while he was being driven to a police station. earlier prosecutors denied that saying that gray couldn't breathe. a manhunt is under way outside harrisburg, pennsylvania for gunmen considered armed and dangerous. police dashcam video shows 24-year-old trey jackson pulled over for a suspected dui, butting out a gun and firing at officer lynn anderson several times before fleeing. officer anderson was not wounded. a $5,000 reward is offered for information leading to jackson's capture. >> we have an update on that mystery in alaska. the newly elected mayor of juneau found dead in his home, a preliminary autopsy ruled out gunshots, drugs and even suicide. finding that mayor greg fisk
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died of natural causes consistent with injuries from a fall. he was elected to the office in october. coming up, we're returning to our top story. the shooting rampage in southern california with the latest updates from police. >> also ahead, gun violence as a campaign issue. how the leading presidential candidates are speaking out on this difficult topic. and later, what experts on terrorism and violence are saying about the california rampage and the actions of police. >> you're watching "world news now." it seems that every year, we have to watch out for different types of germs. which is why it's important for your wipes to kill a broad spectrum of germs. lysol wipes kill 99.9% of germs, including 8 different types of cold and flu viruses. to help protect your family... lysol that.
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updating breaking news right now, police identifying the suspects in that massacre at a conference center in san bernardino, california that left 14 people dead. they are syed farook and tashfeen malik. reportedly the parents of a 6-month-old boy. they were killed in a shoot-out with police hours after the rampage. farook was a county employee as many are identifying who apparently worked with the victims of the shooting. >> witnesses say he left the event early described as angry before he returned with assault rifle semi-automatic handguns, even body armor. pretty remarkable just how well armed he was. the police chief saying there was some level of planning involved. there was no way this happened at the last minute. >> very well planned. awful. the mass shooting in california comes less than a week at the shooting at a planned parenthood in colorado springs. >> hillary clinton was discussing gun control in america even as the scene was
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unfolding in san bernardino. donald trump weighing in, as well. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: as some were shooting and others were dying in san bernardino, california, on the other side of the country with no knowledge yet of the massacre, hillary clinton happened to be talking about gun control. >> 90 americans a day die from gun violence. homicide, suicides, tragic avoidable accidents. 33,000 americans a year die. it is time for us to say, we're going to have comprehensive background checks. we're going to close the gun show loophole. >> once she learned of the shooting, clinton tweeting i refuse to accept this as normal. we must take action to stop gun violence now. the right to bear arms being pushed to the forefront of the campaign in the wake of the colorado, paris and now san bernardino shootings. on the republican side, front-runner donald trump thinks if more people were armed, there would be fewer fatalities during mass shootings. making his point this way.
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>> and when you look though at what took place in paris and they said move over, boom, move over, boom, nobody, nobody could protect themselves. and so we have to really cherish and protect our second amendment. and i will be the best at it, believe me. >> reporter: the republican front-runner tweeting, california shooting looks very bad. good luck to law enforcement. and god bless. this is when our police are so appreciated. another top republican presidential candidate weighing in, dr. ben carson calling this a hate crime. when asked why he would classify it as a late crime with so little known about the shooting, it appears he was talking on a symbolic level saying you don't do that to people you love. tom llamas, abc news, new york. >> more coverage from southern california in a moment. more coverage from southern california in a moment. >> announcer: "world news now"
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we're back with the latest from the mass shooting in san bernardino. at least 14 dead. the suspects now identified. >> as the authorities track them down, their chase ending in a standoff. abc's byron pitts has more. >> reporter: around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, a massive manhunt for up to three armed
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gunmen, california came to a head. >> we are in pursuit of the suspect vehicle. we've got shots fired out the back window. >> our affiliate kabc on the scene hovering above this black suv that the authorities had been searching for for three hours. >> we've got multiple shots that were fired. >> reporter: windows blown out. the front door ajar and police crouching at a safe distance away. but this was the shoot-out our cameras missed that this neighbor captured on his phone. [ gunshots ] >> what sounds like fireworks is a fire fight. a body lying in the street feet away, that black suv riddled with bullets. one suspect still inside. as police run into position, single file up across the lawn. five minutes later, two armored vehicles approach the suv from both sides. >> you basically box a person in. so with the car in the front, a car in the back and many times one on the side, there's no place for the car to go.
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>> reporter: followed by a vehicle called a tack cat, armed with a ballistic shield. >> the whole point of armored vehicles in a law enforcement setting is exactly how they use this particular event where you take the vehicles and you use them as cover to protect you from obviously other firearms or potentially other explosives. >> reporter: officers cautiously approaching but it appears the suspect inside is already dead. two suspects dead at the scene. one male, one female, both armed with assault rifles and handguns and dressed in what police described as dark tactical gear. >> they were dressed in kind of assault style clothing. i think is probably the best way to term it. >> reporter: but all afternoon, authorities have been looking for up to three suspects. one person of interest was seen fleeing the scene. >> i don't have any information on who that person is yet, and
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we do not know if they were involved. it's possible they were not. >> reporter: police detained a third suspect after receiving reports of someone jumping a fence. the fbi raiding this home in that redlands neighborhood using a robot to sweep the apt. apartment. >> there's been discussions all day about potential explosives. even the police chief mentioned there might be a pipe bomb at the initial crime scene. keeping that in mind, you want to make sure you're not walking into a booby-trap. if you send a robot in, if it triggers something, then so be it. no one else is harmed. it gives you the opportunity to send it in and then it can be your eyes and ears inside the house. and once you feel like that it's sufficiently cleared at least maybe the first floor of that residence, then you make a tactical entry. >> reporter: byron pitts, abc news, new york. >> what a day in america. a lot of those events playing out on live television yesterday. >> absolutely. we are going to be back with a lot more coverage.
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start the relief. ditch the misery. let's end this. ♪ we're back now with more on the deadly shooting at an office building in san bernardino, california. the man and the woman who were accused of the shooting rampage that left 14 people dead have been identified this morning as syed farook and tashfeen malik killed in a shoot-out with police hours after the rampage. >> farook was a county employee who apparently worked with the victims of the shooting and late last night, his brother-in-law spoke on behalf of the extended family. >> i just cannot express how sad i am for what happened today.
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i mean, condolences to the people who lost their life. i'm very sad that people lost their life and there's victims out there. i wish speedy recovery to them and again, i am in shock that something like this could happen. that's all i have. i hope everybody understands and everybody get recover much faster whatever victims are there. i spoke to about a week ago with him. i have no idea why would he do that. why would he do something like this. i have absolutely no idea. i am in shock myself. >> and even some of his co-workers apparently shocked, as well. one saying that this was a guy who was living "the american dream," even describing him as a quiet person in the office. >> we often hear that after these incidents. so many people reacting
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making news in america this morning, another mass shooting. chaos, anguish and anger. >> she just said she was in her room. she locked herself up. there were shooters. >> a man and a woman dressed for battle terrorizing a california city. they hit the floor and ran inside to their manager's office. >> opening fire at an office holiday banquet. >> all of a sudden, boom, it just -- like right here. >> boom, boom, boom. >> the well-planned attack ending in a gunfight with police. >> oh, my gosh. >> new details about the suspects just released. >> reaction from the president and what we know about the victims. live team coverage.

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