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San Bernardino shooting in numbers

A spent cartridge lies on the ground as police officers secure the area after at least one person opened fire at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California December 2, 2015. Image copyright Reuters

Fourteen people have been killed and wounded 21 at a social services centre in California after two people entered a social services centre and began firing at a group of county health workers on Wednesday.

Ten victims are still being treated at two hospitals after the shooting and officials are investigating a motive. But police have described how Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27 had an arsenal of weaponry in their home.

Here is a look at the numbers behind the US' latest mass shooting.

The victims

Victims of the California shooting


people dead in initial shooting at Inland Regional Center

  • 21 people injured

  • 2 police officers injured


While some individual family members have come forward to confirm the loss of their loved ones, police have not named all 14 killed in the attack. Officials are still notifying relatives.

Attackers' ammunition


rounds fired by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik during initial shooting

  • 1600 bullets found on couple after they died in gun battle with police

  • More than 3,000 rounds later found inside their home

While inside the Inland Regional Center, the two suspects fired dozens of shots, but had vastly more ammunition on hand.

Bombs and bomb-making tools


pipe bombs attached together left at Inland Regional Center, but failed to detonate

  • 12 pipe bombs found at attackers' house

  • 100s of tools found at home police say could be used to construct more bombs


In addition to large numbers of rifle and handgun rounds, Farook and Malik had a number of already assembled pipe bombs and elements for even more in their home.

Deadliest US shootings



mass shooting since Sandy Hook Elementary School (2012)

  • 6th Deadliest since 1949 (14 - same number of deceased as 1986 post office attack)

  • 33 Number of people killed in deadliest mass shooting incident overall (Virginia Tech, 2007)


Virginia Tech remains the deadliest single-day shooting in the US but this attack is not far from that distinction, matching the number of killed in a 1986 post office shooting (not including deaths of perpetrators).

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