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Quincy native on lockdown blocks away from California shooting says he's safe

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A Quincy native working near a deadly shooting at a California social services center contacted family to say he's safe, but his workplace was on lockdown late Wednesday afternoon. 

"My brother, Jason Dietrich, is a half a block away from the shooting in San Bernardino California," Jordan Dietrich told WGEM News. "He just moved there Sunday as he travels with the company."

Jordan said she hadn't been able to talk to her brother.

"The worst part about this whole situation is being all way across the country and him being there, and not being able to do a thing about it," Jordan said. "Or even talk to him because his company is on lockdown and prohibits any cell usage."

Jason and Jordan's mother, Kristie Dietrich says Jason, 23, has been working with Cott Beverages for the past six months, and just transferred to the city two days ago. He'd previously been located in San Antonio, Texas. 

He was at work when the shooting started, and his building went on lockdown. Kristie Dietrich says her son did contact his fiancee to let her know he was okay. Kristie and Jordan say they haven't been able to reach Jason themselves.

"His work is on lockdown right now, so I'm pretty sure he won't be able to talk until the lockdown is over," Jordan told WGEM News. 

Jason is a graduate of Quincy High School and Missouri University of Science and Technology. 

Jordan described her reaction when she first heard of the shooting.

"When Jason was only a couple blocks away, was like 'Oh my gosh, I need to go there and help them, but obviously, with him being across the country, there's no way that anybody could go there and make sure that he was safe," Jordan said. "But then my mom called me and told me that he was okay and that his company was on lockdown, so would help a little bit, but still knowing that the shooters were still free means that anything could happen any moment and that nobody really is safe."

Jordan says the tragedy made her think a little more about the victims in situations like this.

"The shooters could've easily walked down the street and opened fire into my brothers work," Jordan said. "Just so thankful that it isn't any worse than it already is. And I'm thankful he's okay. Having a loved one there really makes you realize how horrible it is, and it really makes you feel for the victims in the victims' families."

The shooting killed multiple people and injured multiple more. 

As police looked for gunmen, stores, office buildings and at least one school were also locked down in the city of 214,000 people, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. 

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