Monday, April 2, 2018

B is for San Bernardino

On December 2, 2015, a training event and holiday party was in progress at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino CA.  About 80 employees were in a rented banquet room.  A man and a woman (husband and wife), armed with semi-automatic pistols and rifles, approached the building and shot and killed two people outside.
 
Then then entered the building and went to banquet room and started shooting.  According to the Wikipedia account, they shot more than 100 bullets in 2 to 3 minutes. Some people were able to flee to other parts of the building, but others were shot if they moved or tried to escape.  The two shooters then fled and a chase ensued.

Three explosive devices were left by the man in a backpack but failed to work.  They may have been targeted at the first responders.

14 people were killed:

Robert Adams         40
Isaac Amanios 60
Bennetta Betbadal 46
Harry Bowman 46
Sierra Clayborn 27
Juan Espinoza        50
Aurora Godoy        26
Shannon Johnson 45
Larry Daniel Kaufman 42
Damian Meins 58
Tin Nguyen         31
Nicholas Thalasinos 52
Yvette Velasco 27
Michael Wetzel       37

According to autopsy reports released on May 27, 2016, the 14 deceased all died from multiple gunshot wounds, and almost all of them were shot in the back.  In addition, 22 people were seriously injured.  I am not sure about minor injuries.

My information comes from the Wikipedia page for this shooting.  Note the use of a semi automatic pistol, and the short time during which the shooting happened.

Viridian

2 comments:

Stuart Nager said...

There are just so many tragedies like this. It's really hard to listen or read the news sometimes.

Stu
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Liz A. said...

I remember it was a holiday party, right? Deep sigh.

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