‘I Couldn’t Do Anything for Her,’ Says Father Whose Daughter Called From San Bernardino Shooting

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Three gunman opened fire on a holiday party that San Bernardino County employees were attending Wednesday, according to a man who received a call from his daughter while she hid in a restroom to the sound of gunfire outside.

People are escorted away from the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
People are escorted away from the scene of a shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Mark Stutte, who works in information technology for the county’s public health department, said his daughter called him from the scene, at the Inland Regional Center.

Federal and local investigators were responding there after multiple shots were reported about 11 a.m. Police said they had received reports of up to 20 victims, but an exact number of those injured or killed was not available by early afternoon.

Stutte was off Wednesday, but his daughter Miranda, a county vector control technician, was attending the event, he told KTLA in a live phone interview.

“It was a like a Christmas party, an award party that we were having,” Stutte said.

“She went to the restroom and she called me. She was huddled up in the restroom, and three gunman came in and they started shooting people — colleagues that I work with,” Stutte said.

Miranda happened to have gone to the restroom before gunfire erupted, Stutte said. She did not see the shooters, but heard the shots, he said.

“It was really, really super scary,” he said, audibly crying. “I’m far away; I couldn’t do anything for her.”

Stutte called 911 after talking to his daughter, and was told police were responding.

Miranda was safe and waiting to talk to investigators at the nearby golf course, Stutte said.

  • Police escort civilians away from the 1300 block of S. Waterman Street near the site of a mass shooting that took place on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
  • SWAT officers enter an area where suspects were believed to be after the shooting at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California. (Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
  • Police cars are seen in San Bernardino, California, following a mass shooting on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: Getty Images)
  • A California Highway Patrol officer is seen following a mass shooting on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: Getty Images)
  • Three people donning Sheriff's Department gear are seen following a mass shooting on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: Getty Images)
  • A San Bernardino Sheriff's Department helicopter flies above a neighborhood as authorities pursue suspects of the shooting at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California. (Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
  • Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: Getty Images)
  • Police stand guard outside of the emergency room at the Loma Linda University Medical Center during the aftermath of a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: Getty Images)
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies respond to a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
  • Employees and others people are evacuated by bus from the site of a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
  • Employees and others people are evacuated by bus from the site of a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
  • A heavily armed officer sets up a perimeter near the site of a shooting that took place on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Authorities are seen in the area where homes were being surrounded following a mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
  • Police Chief Jarrod Burguan speaks at a news conference on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: San Bernardino Police Department)
  • Authorities surround a heavily damaged SUV in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
  • Authorities swarmed an area where a heavily damaged black SUV was stopped following a mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
  • Firefighters set up triage areas in response to an active shooter incident in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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