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US shooting: Two suspects, including one woman, killed in shootout with police

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Two suspects - one man and a woman - have been killed in a shootout with the police after allegedly carrying out a deadly shooting that has killed at least 14 people so far in San Bernardino, California.

The suspects were said to be armed with assault rifles and handguns, said San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan.

They were tracked to a nearby apartment after the shooting by the police, which resulted in a shootout on the streets that killed the suspects.

During the shootout, the suspects had hurled pipe bombs at police during the pursuit.

Photo: AFP

Law enforcement sources have identified one of the deceased suspects as Syed Farook, an American citizen.

Public records show a Syed Farook as employed by the San Bernardino county health department as an environmental health specialist, but it has yet to be confirmed if that was the same person involved in the shooting.

A third person was detained in the area where the pursuit ended. That person's connection to the shooting was unknown. 

Investigators are also said to be looking at the possibility that they had left an explosive device at the scene of the shooting.

Apart from the 14 people killed, 17 others were wounded in the shooting in the Inland Regional Center, a social services center.

The shooters had carried long guns and wore masks when they opened fire around 11am in a large conference room where employees at the San Bernardino County health department employees were at a holiday party, according to witnesses and officials.

Photo: AFP

This is the deadliest mass shooting since the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

According to the Washington Post, today's mass shooting is the 355th this year.

Source: Washington Post

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News is not mincing words with the prevalence of mass shootings in the US.

The US daily tweeted a preview of their front page and took aim at the lack of action especially from the Republican party.

President Barack Obama, who has long campaigned for stricter gun control legislation, said that the pattern of American mass shootings has "no parallel anywhere else in the world".

He also said:

"We don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer... We should never think that this is just something that just happens in ordinary course of events because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries."

Sources: LA Times, AFP, Reuters

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