Shooting spree in California leaves 14 dead

usCalifornia witnessed bloodbath on Wednesday. Two heavily armed suspects – one male and one female suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at a centre for the disabled in California were killed in a shootout with police, while a third person was detained, police said. The slain suspects were armed with assault rifles and handguns, San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters, adding that investigators were looking at the possibility that the suspects had left an explosive device at the scene of the shooting.

Up to three gunmen opened fire at a centre for the disabled in California on Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and triggering a dramatic street shootout as police hunted down the suspects.

The deadly incident was the latest in a series of mass shootings in the United States, a spiral of violence that has exasperated President Barack Obama, who once again urged Congress to pass tougher gun control measures.

Hours after the attack at the Inland Regional Centre in San Bernardino, local police engaged in a shootout with what they believed to be the attackers’ vehicle, a black SUV.

“Suspects are down, one officer wounded. Details still unfolding,” tweeted San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan.

Police were hunting for up to three gunmen following the attack, which also left 17 people injured, and Sergeant Vicki Cervantes told reporters one may still be on the loose.

“I believe there is still possibly a suspect outstanding,” she said.

Cervantes said that a police officer suffered a non life-threatening injury during the shootout.

A body and what appeared to be a pool of blood could be seen near a bullet-riddled SUV that was surrounded by dozens of police vehicles.

Police swarmed the residential neighbourhood with officers, guns drawn, as residents were told to stay in their homes with the doors locked.

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