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David Danelski, Riverside reporter, gets caught up in police shootout with suspects

Police surround a vehicle on Wednesday, Dec. 2,

Police surround a vehicle on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, after the mass shooting at a social services facility in San Bernardino, Calif. killed an 14 people and wounded more than a dozen others, authorities say. Credit: KTLA

Riverside Press-Enterprise reporter David Danelski was caught up in the middle of Wednesday afternoon’s shootout as police pursued suspects in the San Bernardino massacre.

Danelski was chasing reports that police had found a black SUV being driven by the fleeing suspects. Here is his first-person account:

I was driving on San Bernardino Avenue and had just crossed Tippecanoe when I saw several police cars going down San Bernardino Avenue with their lights on and I followed them at a safe distance.

Then as I was going down San Bernardino, I heard a thundering sound. I didn’t recognize the sound as gunfire. Then I heard something strange, a whizzing sound go by my car.

I thought, “Oh my God, that could be gunshots,” and I pulled over.

I’m on San Bernardino Avenue.

Then I see cops running in that direction, just arriving, maybe six of them and I hear more gunshots. I grab my camera and I’m taking pictures, taking pictures of cops running with guns and then all of a sudden a bunch more gunshots and then I ran.

I made it to the other side of the street and I take cover behind a block wall on my belly, and then lying on my stomach behind a little, short brick wall.

More cops come and one officer starts yelling at me and pulls his pistol and he asks me what I’m doing there.

“I’m a reporter,” I said.

“How did you end up here?” the cop asks.

“I just got caught up in this,” I told him.

He said, “We don’t know who’s out here. Take your camera and go.”

So I ran down the street, two houses down, San Bernardino Avenue, just east of Richardson.

There is a family here and I’ve been hiding in their backyard and they (cops) are still looking for the guy and it could last for hours.

Around 4 p.m., police told area residents to go inside because they were going to detonate a bomb in the street

Police didn’t indicate what kind of bomb, but it was found in the street and they were searching for more.

Residents could see police with guns combing the neighborhood north of San Bernardino Avenue, possibly searching for a suspect.

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