Police used the golf course, located across the street from Inland Regional Center, as a command post in response to the shooting that killed 14 and wounded 21 on December 2. Victims and witnesses were taken to the area, many in golf carts provided by the club, and the first fairway was used as a helipad, transporting the most critically injured to area hospitals.
Authorities used the San Bernardino (Calif.) Golf Club as a command post in the aftermath of the deadly shooting rampage at Inland Regional Center on December 2, USA Today Sports reported.
The San Bernardino Golf Club is located across the street from Inland Regional Center, where Syed R. Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, allegedly opened fire Wednesday morning. Along with the fatalities, at least 17 were injured. Farook and Malik were killed later Wednesday after a gun battle with police, USA Today reported.
Frank Hillpot, San Bernardino Golf Club’s General Manager, said he was off on Wednesday, although he told USA Today that he was briefed by his staff. He said he followed the events on television along with talking to staff by phone.
The golf course quickly turned into a command post as police and fire fighters set up near the first and fourth holes at the par-70 public course. Victims and witnesses were taken to the area, many in golf carts provided by the club, USA Today reported.
“We gave them the golf carts,” Hillpot said. “I think that helped them fairly significantly.”
The first fairway was used as a helipad, transporting the most critically injured to area hospitals. He said authorities used the carts until 3 p.m., USA Today reported.
A request was made at 12:30 p.m., about 90 minutes after the attack was first reported to police, for golfers to clear the golf course. “Can you call the golf course office and ask them for people to stop golfing,” a law enforcement officer told a dispatcher. “There are people out there golfing rounds.”
The course was eventually shut down and remained that way Thursday morning as police had the roads that surround the crime scene closed, USA Today reported.
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