Updated 12/8/15 6:05PM
A witness described one of the Paris terrorist shooters as “white”.
Similarly, three witnesses interviewed by local news media, Juan Hernandez, Sally Abdelmageed, and an unidentified black man describe the California terrorist shooters as “white”.
Hernandez: “Where I was at right here we’d seen three white men in military fatigues, taking off.”
Reporter: “What were they driving?”
Hernandez: “They were driving a black Impala–or SUV.”
Reporter: “Do you think they might have been the shooters?”
Hernandez: “The way they were driving? Yeah.”
Reporter: “And how many shots did you hear?”
Hernandez: “A lot. It was a lot. Like I said, it sounded like a gun range. Just like shots going off like crazy. It was a lot–a lot of shots.”
Sally Abdelmageed spoke with CBS News’ Scott Pelley shortly after the shooting.
Pelley: One of the witnesses today is Sally Abdelmageed who works at the Inland Regional Center where the attack took place. She saw the attackers enter the building and we spoke to her by phone.
Abdelmageed: I heard shots fired, and it was, you know, from an automatic weapon. So, very unusual. Why, you know, why would we hear shots? I looked out the window. A second set of shots goes off–pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop. And we saw a man fall to the floor. We just looked and we saw three men dressed in all black military attire with vests on, and holding assault rifles. And they opened up the door to building three, and one of them opened up the door to building three [sic] he starts to shoots–he just, you know, shoots all over into the room. That’s the room that we typically have conferences in. And we just heard more gunshots go off. I got my phone. I reached for my phone. I called 911, and I just hid under my desk. I didn’t see any more. I just heard more gunshots go off as I was talking to the dispatch. We went into my manager’s office, locked the door, barricaded it. We heard running and things happening upstairs. About thirty minutes later someone came to the door. Knocked on the door. But we didn’t obviously answer. [sic] And then another fifteen minutes later someone came and took us to a secure room
Pelley: Ms. Abdelmageed can you describe to me in as much detail as you can, what did the gunmen look like?
Abdelmageed: I couldn’t see a face. He had a black hat on and, from my view all I could see was just a black hat and black long sleeve shirt. Possibly gloves on. He had black cargo pants on, the kind with the zippers on the side and the big puffy pockets. He had a huge assault rifle and he had extra ammo. He was coming ready for–he was coming ready for something. [indecipherable] I don’t know. I couldn’t see what else. I saw it was–I just saw three, dressed exactly the same.
Pelley: You’re-You’re certain that you saw three men.
Abdelmageed. Yes. It was like they [indecipherable] They looked like they were athletic build and they-they appeared to be tall.
Immediately following Abdelmageed’s above reaffirmation that she “saw three men,” Pelley downplays her observations by concluding, “And of course we’ve just learned that one of the suspects was actually a woman.”
This was information no doubt obtained from federal authorities already busy reshaping the narrative from “three white men” to the preferred Islamic State extremists storyline.
Finally the following brief interview excerpt with an anonymous observer describes the getaway vehicle that “passed right by us” transporting the assailants, and the driver was “just [a] regular dressed, regular white dude.”