( CNN) The gunpowder was still lingering in the air as San Bernardino Police Lt. Mike Madden and three other officers approached a meeting centre where a mass shooting had been reported.
Bodies had fallen outside the meeting room in San Bernardino, California, where a holiday party with about 80 guests had been underway when two people armed with semiautomatic rifles and pistols walked in and sprayed the crowd with ratings of bullets.
Fourteen people succumbed and 21 more were wounded. The names of the dead were released Thursday.
Madden, a dispatch superintendent on his route to lunch, was a mile away Wednesday when the dispatchers started frantically calling for units to head to the Inland Regional Center.
He said he had trained for events like this, but the scene was still surreal. It was sensory overload.