'They just started shooting': Survivor recounts attack

Dad Texting with Daughter Inside Locked Down San Bernardino Facility
Dad Texting with Daughter Inside Locked Down San Bernardino Facility

The shooters who opened fire in a conference room at a California center for the developmentally disabled Wednesday didn't say anything before they started spraying the room with bullets, the husband of a woman who was shot but survived said.

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Salaheen Kondoker's wife, Annie, an environmental engineer who works for San Bernardino County, was inside the conference room when gunfire erupted at around 11 a.m. local time.

"They just started shooting ... they didn't yell or say anything beforehand," Salaheen Kondoker said his wife told him.

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At least 14 people were killed in the rampage at the Inland Regional Center, police said.

Annie was shot twice in the hand and once in the stomach, but doctors said no vital organs were hit, her husband said. She is being treated at Arrowhead County Hospital.

Two possible suspects, a man and a woman, were shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with police hours after the after officers chased a vehicle that resembled one sought after the shooting, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters.

A police officer was also hurt, but the injury was not life threatening, she said.

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The shooting took place in a conference center in a building in the complex, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities, officials said.

Melinda Rivas, a social worker at the regional center, was in her office in when coworkers shouted that there had been a shooting. She and more than 40 other co-workers barricaded themselves in a conference room until police gave the clear to leave the building with their hands up about 20 minutes later.

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"They yelled down the hall and said there's a shooting downstairs, there's a shooting downstairs," Rivas, told NBC Los Angeles after being taken by bus to reunite with her adult twin children.

"I was numb; I didn't know what to do or say. I was just in disbelief," she said. "I called my kids and said if something happens to me, there's a shooting here, just be safe — what else can I do?"

The shooting took place in an auditorium in which the county Department of Public Health was holding an event, not far from the building Rivas was in, she said.

Patrick Simpson's daughter is an intern at the regional center and was in the building when shots began.

"I called her and she grabbed the phone, and she was whispering and said that she was in a room with nine other people, and she was at the building where this all happened and they moved them into a safe room," Simpson told NBC News.

"She had just gotten there as everything had just happened," Simpson. "The minute she walked in they grabbed everybody and moved them to another room."

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