Suspects who died each had long gun and handgun

2015-12-03 07:55
Authorities investigate the scene following a shootout in San Bernardino. (Jae C Hong, AP)

Authorities investigate the scene following a shootout in San Bernardino. (Jae C Hong, AP)

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San Bernardino - Meredith Davis, a spokesperson with ATF, told KCAL9-TV the two suspects who died in a shootout with police after the mass killing in California were each armed with a long gun and a handgun.

They were wearing tactical-style clothing that was "loaded with magazines for a gunfight", she said on Wednesday.

Davis said the suspects also threw a thick-gauge copper pipe out of the SUV, but no explosives were found inside.

The fake pipe bomb was equipped with a piece of material made to look like a wick.

Authorities are tracing the serial numbers on the guns and authorities will be dispatched to those addresses.

Law enforcement officers are calling for people to come to the front door of a home in Redlands, California, where tips led authorities investigating the deadly shooting at a social services center.

One of them called out: "This is the FBI." Officers in riot gear, a bomb squad unit and armored vehicles are outside Wednesday night. They appear to have brought in robot devices.

It's unclear if anyone is inside the home.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan has said an SUV was seen leaving the residence earlier, leading to a police pursuit and a gunbattle that killed two suspects in the shooting that left 14 people dead.

The FBI is looking at several possibilities for what drove shooters to kill 14 people at a California social services center.

David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles, says one possibility is workplace violence and another is "terrorism".

He did not elaborate.

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