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What to Know About the Center Where the San Bernardino Shooting Occurred
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The site of a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, is a state-run facility for individuals with developmental disabilities that had just held a holiday party a day before the shots rang out.

At least 14 people were killed and others 14 others were wounded at the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, police said.

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Keith Nelson, vice president for the Inland Regional Center board of trustees, said he was told the shooting took place at a conference center being used by an outside group.

Police did not confirm where the shooting took place, but said it was at one location.

The two-story building where community events are held contains staff on the second story, but none on the first, he said.

“That building, if it’s used for a community event, the doors are open. So it’s not like buildings one and two, which are locked and has security,” he said.

The center provides housing and work programs, and therapy and social services to more than 30,000 people with developmental disabilities, Nelson said. It has a little more than 550 employees, he said.

Nelson said as of the latest information he’s received, all staff were accounted for. Nelson said the center would provide crisis counseling for clients and staff and would look at security there in the aftermath of the shootings.

The facility is run by the state, and offers specific programs designed for four different age groups: 0 to 3-years-old; 3 to 15; 16 to 22; 23 to 59; and adults over 60.

Firefighters set up a triage area near the Inland Regional Center on the South Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino, Calif. NBC Los Angeles

Judy Mark, secretary of the Board of Disability Rights for Northern California, told NBC News that both clients and social service workers come to the IRC, which is the largest of 21 non-profit agencies that work with the state of California catering to people who have developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy.

“You will see clients in and out for meetings,” she said. “There are support groups. Children who are between the ages of 2 and 3 years old go there to get diagnosed with a disability.”

IRC’s website was down Wednesday, presumably overcome with traffic. But according to its Facebook page, its mission is to coordinate “with generic services to normalize the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families by working to include them in the everyday routines and life rhythms of the community and by facilitating needed supports for them.”

In a cheery Facebook post on Tuesday, the IRC shared a photo of a smiling boy in front of a Christmas tree, being hugged by Santa.

“The ICF [Intermediate Care Facility] Holiday Party is in full swing and SANTA is in the house! SANTA!” the post read.

A short video showing clients — many in wheelchairs — dancing and enjoying music was also posted to a Twitter account, @InlandRegional, Tuesday, which said, “The ICF Holiday Party is in full swing!”

According to the state website, the regional centers diagnose disabilities and assess eligibility for state services at no cost to clients.

Mark described it as an “enormous complex” with a budget of “hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Some other services it offers, such as full-time out-of-home placements, come at a cost to parents for children under age 18.

Alex Vasquez, a videographer for KNBC, the Los Angeles NBC affiliate, said on air that the IRC was always busy.

“This is a center that is always full at all hours of the day, so I can just imagine there must have been a lot of people in that building. Sometimes I’ve been here where the line is even outside,” he said.

Mark said autistic clients with sensory issues, or other people there at the time of the shooting with other developmental disabilities, might not have been able to follow orders from police who responded to the shots.

“This could be a crisis upon crisis that you wouldn’t see in a typical situation,” she said.


JUST FOR THE RECORDS...2015 ELECTIONS' MESSAGE TO NIGERIANS BY OBAMAAs preparations intensify for general elections in Nigeria, starting Saturday, the United States President, Barack Obama, on Monday sent a special message to Nigerians, urging a credible and peaceful polls.

In the message sent directly to Nigerians, President Obama reminded the people about their struggle for the country’s independence from colonialism, the struggle against military dictatorship and the need to turn the country’s diversity into a source of strength.

“I call on all Nigerians to peacefully express your views and to reject the voices of those who call for violence,” Mr. Obama said.

“And when elections are free and fair, it is the responsibility of all citizens to help keep the peace, no matter who wins,” he added.

Read full text of Mr. Obama’s Message to the Nigerian People below:

“Hello. Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of Nigeria.

Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made. Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions. You’ve strived to overcome division and to turn Nigeria’s diversity into a source of strength. You’ve worked hard to improve the lives of your families and to build the largest economy in Africa.

Now you have a historic opportunity to help write the next chapter of Nigeria’s progress—by voting in the upcoming elections. For elections to be credible, they must be free, fair and peaceful. All Nigerians must be able to cast their votes without intimidation or fear.

So I call on all leaders and candidates to make it clear to their supporters that violence has no place in democratic elections—and that they will not incite, support or engage in any kind of violence—before, during, or after the votes are counted. I call on all Nigerians to peacefully express your views and to reject the voices of those who call for violence. And when elections are free and fair, it is the responsibility of all citizens to help keep the peace, no matter who wins.

Successful elections and democratic progress will help Nigeria meet the urgent challenges you face today. Boko Haram—a brutal terrorist group that kills innocent men, women and children—must be stopped. Hundreds of kidnapped children deserve to be returned to their families. Nigerians who have been forced to flee deserve to return to their homes. Boko Haram wants to destroy Nigeria and all that you have worked to build. By casting your ballot, you can help secure your nation’s progress.

I’m told that there is a saying in your country: “to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done”. Today, I urge all Nigerians—from all religions, all ethnic groups, and all regions—to come together and keep Nigeria one. And in this task of advancing the security, prosperity, and human rights of all Nigerians, you will continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.



Ira Belle Peterson

A grandmother was arrested on charges of domestic violence after allegedly shooting her nephew in the leg, police in Alabama said.

Mobile Police said that they have arrested 79-year-old Ira Belle Peterson on Sunday morning, after shooting her nephew during an argument over $20.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded in the 400 block of Gaston Street around 9:30 a.m. The victim said that the suspect shot him once in the foot after an argument over money.

Peterson and her nephew lived together, and Peterson accused the victim of stealing $20. Peterson faces a charge of second-degree domestic violence.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, and has since been released. It is unknown of the victim went back to the house of the suspect.

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