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Victims contact family members as shooters stormed San Bernardino office building

CNN Newsource - Family members talk about getting messages and phone calls from loved ones trapped inside the building where more than a dozen people died in an attack.

As police descended on the office building where multiple shooters opened fire - family members of those inside began receiving texts and calls that would change their lives forever.

"This is the way I was introduced to this today," said Scott Murphy as he read the text sent from his daughter. "'Emergency situation at my work. Active shooter on site. We're all locked in offices on the floor. Please pray for us.'"

Police confirmed at least 14 people died in the attack, and more than a dozen others were injured.

"That's the worst thing you can have come across your phone," he said, while embracing his wife Deborah.

He recounted the next messages that flooded his inbox, "it was followed a couple minutes later with 'SWAT team is on-site, trying to secure the building. I'm in a tiny room with a bunch of people. We're freaking out. Please pray for us.'"

"She kept saying she's so scared right now," Deborah said.

Terry Petit also had a daughter trapped inside the building.

He read the haunting message to reporters, holding back tears, "'Shooting at my work. People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.'"

Marcos Aguilera got the call from his wife, who described the chaos and bloodshed.

"She said the guy came in next to her office and started shooting. They locked themselves in her office. They seen bodies on the floor. She said right now, ambulances are taking people out in stretchers," he said.

Mark Scroggins's daughter was also in the building.

"She told me that she thought it was a drill, because they've been practicing drills," he said. "They went outside. They were told to go back in. She was shuttled into a room. Police showed up."

YouTube video gives an inside look of the process; it shows people with their hands up while they were escorted out of the building.


As they walk through the hallway, an officer is heard telling people, "thank you... try to relax. Everyone try to relax. I'll take a bullet before you do, that's for damn sure. Just be cool, OK?"

Holiday decorations are seen hanging from the walls as people evacuate. A child holds hands with adults on each side.

Once at the elevators, "go, go, go, go," is heard collectively from the group and officers as people board.

"Who is it?" a woman whispers?

"They saw someone in black," someone responds, "and I saw someone in black."

According to police, two suspects believed to be involved in the shooting - a man and a woman - are dead after confronting authorities. A third person suspected to be involved is in custody.






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