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Local leaders speak out following mass shooting in California

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Teresa Hernandez, facing camera, is comforted by a woman as she arrives at a social services center in San Bernardino, CA, where one or more gunmen opened fire, shooting multiple people on Dec. 2, 2015.  (Source: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Teresa Hernandez, facing camera, is comforted by a woman as she arrives at a social services center in San Bernardino, CA, where one or more gunmen opened fire, shooting multiple people on Dec. 2, 2015. (Source: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

At least 14 people are dead and another 14 were injured after a mass shooting at a community and social services center in San Bernardino, Ca. on Wednesday.

Police said as many as three people entered the Inland Regional Center, which is a three-building structure, and opened fire.

"Preliminary information are that these people came prepared, that they came dressed prepared and that they carried long guns not handguns," said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. "We do not have any weapons recovered at this point."

The number of shooters came from witness statements, however they had not been seen by police.

Police said the shooting happened at a little after 11 a.m.

Local leaders released statements following the mass shooting.

“My heart aches for the people of San Bernardino. I cannot express the profound sadness I feel each time a new community grieves and endures the same pain that brought Newtown to its knees three years ago this month,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.

“As we await the facts from the chaos on the ground, I can only pray that America’s leaders will do something – anything – that prevents more communities from knowing this sorrow.  Congress’ number one responsibility is to keep our constituents safe, and not a single senator or member of Congress can go back to their state this weekend and claim that they are doing their job,” he added.

Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted on Wednesday evening and said "In 30,000 tragic deaths every year--and now #SanBernardino-- Congress is effectively complicit for its inaction."

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday speaking about gun control. Earlier in the day she tweeted "HAPPENING NOW, calling on the U.S. House to advance commonsense proposals to reduce gun violence."

In a statement, Esty said in part "I am heartsick at learning that yet another American community has suffered the ravages of gun violence. We are hearing at this moment that fourteen Americans lie dead in San Bernardino while at the same time the House of Representatives was yet again blocking a vote on gun safety legislation, and less than two weeks from the third anniversary of the day 20 precious children and six educators were ripped from us at Sandy Hook Elementary School."

She added "My heart goes out to the families in San Bernardino whose loved ones were senselessly gunned down today. But make no mistake; we simply cannot accept this violence as the ‘new normal.’ Congress needs to truly honor the victims of this urgent public health crisis by bringing commonsense legislation to the floor for a vote. The American people deserve action, not moments of silence.”

In a statement, Gov. Dannel Malloy called the situation "heartbreaking."

"Yet another day during which families are holding their breath hoping – and praying – that their loved ones are coming home. And it’s our most vulnerable communities who are suffering today. Unnecessary gun violence is plaguing America, and we must step up and act to protect our neighbors, our families, and communities across the nation," Malloy said in a statement. 

He continued to say “We are mourning for the San Bernardino community, for the families who lost loved ones, and those with loved ones who’ve been victimized.  Our thoughts are with the victims and their families on this day and the first responders and others who will be impacted by these events.  I have spoken with Governor Brown to express our condolences. "In light of today’s events, we will have enhanced State Police patrols at DDS facilities out of an abundance of caution.  Our hearts are with this community tonight.”

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