New report highlights quick actions of first responders in San Bernardino terror attack

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A new report details the response from the first officers at the scene of the San Bernardino terror attack and how their actions and decisions saved lives. (KABC)

A new report details the response from the first officers at the scene of the San Bernardino terror attack and how their actions and decisions saved lives.

On Dec. 2, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik fired more than 100 rounds in less than three minutes inside the Inland Regional Center, killing 14 people and wounding 22.

A report produced by the Police Foundation, a policy study group in Washington D.C., detailed how some of the victims had attended a baby shower for the two shooters just a few months prior in the same room where the massacre happened.

The report also details the response from law enforcement. Those officers arrived less than four minutes after the first 911 call. The first floor of the building was cleared within 13 minutes.

But the report said the building could have been searched more quickly if agencies had standardized marking systems to easily tell which rooms had already been cleared.

Still, all of the wounded victims were taken to hospitals within 57 minutes of the first 911 call, which is considered "the golden hour." All of those people survived.

According to the report, a call from a citizen who had the license plate of a car matching the couple's vehicle led authorities to them after they fled the scene. An analyst ran the plate number and it came back to the car rented by Farook, who was already identified by one of his coworkers as a possible suspect.

Officers in unmarked units saw the car near the suspect's address and followed them. More than four hours after the incident started, there was a shootout between police and the suspects. The couple died in the shooting.
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