SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he was reminded of "what's good in this country" after meeting with the loved ones of 14 holiday revelers who were fatally shot two weeks ago in Southern California.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with members of each of the 14 families. A separate table was set up for each family and the Obamas moved from one to the next, spending about 10 minutes with each victim's relatives.
The girlfriend of one of the 14 people killed in the Dec. 2 shooting in San Bernardino says President Barack Obama immediately asked her for a hug when he came to talk with her Friday night.
When Obama approached the table in the library of Indian Springs High School where Mandy Pifer was sitting, he said, "Words aren't enough. How about a hug?"
Pifer's boyfriend Shannon Johnson, 45, was killed in the attack.
"I've been watching you give hugs," Pifer recalled telling him. "I need a hug."
"It just felt like they were really present in their conversation with me," Pifer said. "They are sick and tired of doing these things, meeting our families."
Two more of the 22 injured victims have been released from the hospital, leaving just three still hospitalized.
Loma Linda University Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Onuma tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1NCAlng ) the two were released Friday, more than two weeks after the attack.
She says two more patients remain in her hospital system, one in fair condition, the other still critical.
Another hospital's spokeswoman, Kim Trone, says one person remains at Riverside University Health System-Medical Center in good condition.
Gov. Jerry Brown is declaring a state of emergency for San Bernardino County.
Brown announced the state of emergency late Friday. It allows state health officials to offer assistance to the county health department until it can restore staffing and waives fees for documents such as death records.
The state Office of Emergency Services will also continue to offer help.
The governor says responding to the attack is beyond the means of any local government.
Such declarations are typically issued after natural disasters such as wildfires or flooding.