#UPDATE FAROOQ SAEED— JΞSTΞR ✪ ΔCTUAL³³º¹ (@th3j35t3r) December 2, 2015
UPDATE: NBC is confirming (9:36PM ET):
A pipe bomb was also spotted nearby.
Independent reports indicate that the Bataclan massacre was a likely template for the attack:
1:20 p.m.: Unconfirmed police scanner reports indicate: “Man in military fatigues currently at Roberts Elementary school.” The scanner also reports a “Middle Eastern male” with “long beard, tactical shorts and a backpack.” Again, the reports are unconfirmed. Reuters is reporting three confirmed fatalities. Multiple agencies report witnesses being evacuated for police interviews, presumably to find clues that could lead to the gunmen’s identification and/or capture.
1:10 p.m.: Fox News reports that the gunmen attacked a Christmas party being held in a rented conference room at the center, and were wearing “military-style” clothing. None of the suspected gunmen are in custody and all are presumed armed and dangerous. Speaking with local ABC News reporters, police have confirmed “fatalities” and “some type of function” at the center.
Former counter-terror experts also noted the similarities to Islamic terror attacks in the Middle East:
Speaking on CNN’s Out Front with Erin Burnett Wednesday, former CIA case officer Robert Baer said the most “disturbing” aspect of the deadly San Bernardino shooting is that it was carried out using tactics that are employed in the Middle East.
“What I don’t like about this shooting is multiple shooters… IEDs… I say this very reluctantly, but this has the hallmarks of the sort of attacks you see in the Middle East,” Baer said.
Former FBI special agent Robert Chacon agreed with Baer’s assertions later on in the show.
ISIS is already celebrating the San Bernardino assault:
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.