The five members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors put together a video. Here it is:
Also, here is a message from Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales:
Statement From Sup. Josie Gonzales on San Bernardino Shooting
“To all those affected by the tragic events in San Bernardino yesterday:
Distraught…in-shock…angry…no words can describe the emotional state of our community as we are forced to endure the heartbreaking loss of beloved members of our County family.
Our entire community is in mourning as we attempt to grasp this inconceivable loss…this senseless tragedy. It is an unimaginable circumstance that leaves me, County staff, and our residents tremendously shaken.
I pray that moving forward we will clutch our loved ones tighter than we ever thought possible…that we will love and be loved more than ever, and that we will persevere with the unifying strength of our community.
The residents of this County have endured time and time again, and despite this atrocity, our spirit and determination for life and liberty will not be broken. This community will not hide in our sorrow, we will not subdue to the face of fear; we will unite and strengthen our community identity. We will remain determined to exercise our freedoms, and we will resolve to remain courageous and fearless in the face of terror.
I have every faith that our law enforcement agencies and their personnel, all of whom have dedicated their lives to our safety, will ensure the wellbeing and security of our home.
We must stand in solidarity as County family during this time. I ask that that we support everyone that has lost their loved ones. Let us now come together in support of the community we call home.
God bless those who have lost their lives, and all of us who are left behind to grieve them and to carry on.
And a message from Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman:
Dear Fourth District Resident,
Flags throughout the county have been lowered to half-staff following the shooting that took place at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino late yesterday morning. This afternoon, we mourn with the families of those lost in yesterday’s tragedy; in fact, no words can be said or written that will adequately express the grief we share for the loss of several members of our County Family. The impact of their love and service to others was great, and we [Supervisors] are doing everything within our power to ensure a thorough and complete investigation.
Out of respect for the victims and to provide time for healing, the Supervisors have decided to shut down non-essential county operations for the next two days (Thursday and Friday). This morning’s press conference, which took place on Waterman Avenue and Vanderbilt at 9:30 AM, updated the press and community with additional information since the start of the investigation.
Law enforcement is working on identifying victims and families are being notified on an on-going basis. Per the County Sheriff’s Department, the number of deceased has remained at 14, however the number of wounded has increased to 21. The County will issue as statement including the names of the victims once their families have been notified. The efforts of public safety personnel and the medical community to protect and assist during this time are greatly appreciated.
No motive has been identified at this time and local law enforcement agencies are fully cooperating with the FBI on the investigation. FBI Director, David Bowdich, explained that the “integrity of this investigation is paramount and [the FBI] is applying a number of federal resources, we are working with local agencies”. He added, “if you look at the pre-planning that went into this incident it’s apparent, it is going to take time to answer why.”
San Bernardino Police Department Chief, Jarrod Burguan, expressed that “first and foremost our prayers are with the families” and added that the suspects “were equipped and could have committed another shooting, but the [police] intercepted them before that”.
Caltrans has announced that the Eastbound and Westbound lanes on Interstate 10 Freeway and Waterman are fully open. Hard closures are being maintained by Homeland Security Investigations: Waterman Avenue is closed in both directions between Orange Show Rd. and Vanderbilt Way; San Bernardino Avenue is closed in both directions between Tippecanoe Avenue and Mountain View Avenue.
County Supervisors are resolved to providing support for and protection to the victims, their loved ones, our employees, and the community. Supervisors have also reiterated our commitment to providing every support available to assist law enforcement in the on-going investigation.
A vigil for the community and families of victims is being held at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. The stadium will open at 5 PM and the vigil will begin at 6 PM. For additional information, please contact Jordan Smith at Jordan@ie66ers.com or by phone at 909-888-9922.
Information regarding this incident will be released as it becomes available. Stay strong San Bernardino, and God Bless.
Supervisor Curt Hagman