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Police: California Shooting May Have Been Terrorist Related

By Staff

 

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Scene of the mass shooting.

Syed Rizwan Farook, a 28-year-old county health inspector, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 and wounded 17, in an attack in San Bernardino, California, which may have been terrorist-related, authorities stated.

The shooting took place the morning of Dec. 2, after Farook reportedly stormed out of an employee holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino for unknown reasons.

The couple fled the scene in a black SUV, and, after authorities followed up on a tip in Redlands, they said they spotted the vehicle attempting to speed away.

As police pursued the vehicle, a shootout ensued, and Farook reportedly shot out of the vehicle while his wife drove. As authorities returned fire, the vehicle came to a halt, the couple killed.

According to reports, San Bernardino Police Department Chief Jarrod Burguan said the attack did not appear to be “a spur-of-the-moment thing.” Burguan also said the department has “not ruled out terrorism” in the matter.

According to authorities, the rampage could have been the result of a mixture of a workplace dispute and a terrorist act of violence.

The couple had been wearing tactical gear, armed with assault rifles and handguns. In addition, authorities found pipe bombs and other explosives following a search of the couple’s home.

Farook had been born in the U.S. and was of Pakistan descent. He brought Malik to the U.S. on a “fiancée visa,” after a 2013 trip to Saudi Arabia on the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are required to take at least once in their lifetime.

The couple left their six-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother the morning of the shooting.

Relatives of Farook have said they are unsure about what may have prompted the massacre.