‘So many bodies scattered everywhere’: Shocking scene where 25 sheriff’s recruits were hit while running for safety
Over the past week the US has experienced one of the deadliest mass shootings in its history with 28 people dead and several injured after a gunman went on a shooting spree in a town just outside of San Bernadino, California.
In less than an hour in the town of Thousand Oaks, the gunman killed himself as police were responding to the scene.
One of his victims was a sheriff’s recruit who was shot while he and other sheriff’s recruits were running to safety.
‘We are in a place where we are not the law and we are in a place where we will be the law.’ Sheriff Sandra Moore, who was killed in the shooting, before shooting herself
As the story is unfolding, we are joined by Sheriff Moore’s widow, Sandra.
Ms Moore spent 13 years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and is credited as the lead negotiator in the aftermath of the shootings that took 58 lives this week.
Sandra Moore spoke to BBC World at a press conference this morning
The sheriff said the county’s 911 phone system was not working when she was told the call to a hostage negotiator went out after the gunman first shot himself.
This is the moment in the minutes after the shooting when Sandra Moore told a 911 dispatcher: ‘What’s your address? Where is he? Go there.’
She then said a second officer shot the gunman, who was later pronounced dead by a hospital after he was found in his car.
‘I believe we can do this without help,’ Ms Moore said to a 911 dispatcher this morning, moments before her phone went dead.
‘He was talking with a hostage negotiator. He said what happened and we are all okay.’
Sandra Moore is seen standing in her office doorway here, moments after she was killed in the mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado
Sheriff Sandra Moore, who survived the attack, was shot and killed by another