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Calif. Developmental Disabilities Centers React to Shooting

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
12/03/15  12:29 PM PST

Published on California Healthline

Facilities across California that offer services to individuals with developmental disabilities temporarily closed Wednesday in the wake of a mass shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, the Sacramento Bee‘s “Capitol Alert” reports.

Background on Centers

Inland Regional Center is the largest of 21 such facilities that operate under a contract with the state (Miller, “Capitol Alert,”Sacramento Bee, 12/2).

They were established under the 1977 Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act to coordinate services for individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy (California Healthline, 11/30).

Details of Attack

An armed couple attacked a San Bernardino Department of Public Health holiday party Wednesday morning, killing 14 and wounding 21 others (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 12/3).. After a manhunt, police killed both suspects, one of whom authorities say was a department employee.

The holiday party was held at a conference space at Inland Regional Center, a not-for-profit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities (Rogers et al., New York Times, 12/2).

The attack is the deadliest shooting in the U.S. since 2012 (Daubner et al., Washington Post, 12/3).

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