Overheard on the radio this morning while driving to work:
Another mass shooting has occurred in San Bernardino, California, where three armed suspects had stormed a centre for people with developmental disabilities, where 14 people were killed and 17 others were wounded. Two suspects were shot dead, while another third was on the run.
I realised that it happened yesterday, on December 2, which was my birthday too. Definitely not something I want to know about because it was a happy day for me but not for the people in California. No doubt Malaysia is a day ahead of the United States, which means that I will only see or hear of the news today, on December 3. But still, for the shooting to take place anyway, regardless of when, it is something that the world does not want to see anymore. We have had enough deaths in the past few months, terrorist attacks in France and all. Another attack, terrorist or otherwise, is not acceptable. It’s unwarranted. It’s unnecessary. I have yet to come across reasons for the shooting, but whatever the reason may be, it does not justify the actions nor intentions of the trio who went on a killing spree.
San Bernardino Mass Shooting
Apparently, the whole incident began when the suspects opened fire at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Centre, a social services office that aids people with developmental disabilities. It was believed that one of the suspects had left the party after getting into an argument and returned with one or two armed companions. However, it was unclear whether the people involved in the dispute were the same people involved in the shootout. The suspects were masked and armed with assault-style rifles and handguns when they stormed into a large conference room and opened fire at the San Bernardino County health department employees who were gathered there.
A black sports utility vehicle (SUV) was spotted fleeing the scene where the shooting occurred, and soon thereafter, the police began pursuing the SUV. Dozens of heavily-armed police officers approached the SUV while officers in tactical gear stalked through a San Bernardino neighbourhood. A body was seen lying on the street near the vehicle with blood pooling nearby and a weapon found lying just feet away. The motive behind the attack still remains unclear.
More breakdown on the incident here on CNN.com.
Why do people do this? Do they get off killing others? Are they suffering from some sort of mental disorder? Or were they disgruntled about something that had to do with the centre? No location should be targeted, whether it is an elementary school (Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut) or a disability centre (Inland Regional Centre, California). Is the lack of gun control the cause of this?