Exclusive: How San Bernardino Tragedy Hits Close To Home For Holly Robinson Peete
Our nation was shaken to the core yet again on Wednesday morning when two gunmen opened fire inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
14 lives were lost and 17 others injured, making this the biggest mass shooting in the country since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
But while we all are heartbroken to hear of the tragic news, the incident hits closer to home for others, including actress, Holly Robinson Peete.
The facility where the shooting took place provides housing, work programs, therapy and social services to more than 30,000 people with developmental disabilities, something that Peete is very familiar with. “It’s just nauseating to me, especially because it was at a Regional Center,” she told HipHollywood exclusively during Ebony’s Power 100 Gala.
“As a mom of a kid with autism, we spent the last 15 years at Regional Centers in California, so I know the work that they do there with the special needs community and that something like this would go down in that kind of space,” she said.
“But no different than a school shooting in Connecticut, no different that a concert in Paris, it’s got to stop. I understand prayers are very important, we can pray, but we have to put something in action.”