Two of the suspects in Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 dead and 17 injured have been identified as an environmental specialist with the county health department and his wife.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were both killed during a shootout with police hours after the massacre. Terrorism has not been ruled out.
Farook, a U.S.-born devout Muslim, had reportedly attended the party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino where the shooting took place, but left angrily before returning with his wife and a possibly a third individual, heavily-armed. Fox News reported:
A law enforcement source told Fox News that the couple were each carrying an AR-15 rifle and and a pistol when they were shot and killed by police after a brief chase in their black SUV about 2 miles from the initial shooting site. The source said the vehicle also contained so-called “rollout bags” with multiple pipe bombs, as well as additional ammunition.
The couple also had GoPro cameras strapped to their body armor and wore tactical clothing, including vests stuffed with ammunition magazines. Patrick Baccari, a co-worker of Farook who suffered minor wounds from shrapnel slicing through the building’s bathroom walls, told the Associated Press he been sitting at the same table as Farook at the banquet before his colleague suddenly disappeared, leaving his coat on his chair.
Baccari also said that Farook had traveled to Saudi Arabia for about a month this past spring. When Farook came back, word spread that he had gotten married and the woman he described as a pharmacist joined him shortly afterward. The couple had a baby later this year. Baccari added that the reserved Farook showed no signs of unusual behavior, although he grew out his beard several months ago.
At a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, FBI spokesman David Bowdich was asked if terrorism was a factor.
“It’s a possibility, but we are not willing to go down that road yet,” Bowdich said. In what may be referred to as damage control, the Council on American-Islamic relations, or CAIR, held a press conference shortly after Farook and Malin’s names were released, during which Farook’s brother-in-law expressed shock and grief.
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