MUSLIM GUNMAN, WIFE CARRIED OUT ATTACK
Police in California have identified the two individuals they believe carried out the mass murder of fourteen people at a San Bernardino nonprofit facility that works with individuals who have developmental disabilities.
Both of the suspects – 28-year-old Syed Farook and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik – were killed by police during a gun battle following the attack.
Initial witness reports of a third shooter proved to be unfounded. Another individual was detained in the aftermath of the attacks, but police say they are confident only two shooters were involved.
Farook and Malik were husband and wife, according to a family member – and had been married for two years. The couple had one child together. In fact, they reportedly dropped off their six-month-old daughter with Malik’s grandmother prior to launching their deadly assault – claiming they were going to a doctor’s appointment for Malik.
Police haven’t speculated yet on what may have motivated the shooting, although early reports indicate Farook – employed by the San Bernardino County health department for the past five years – became angry during a Christmas party held at the office complex.
Farook was an environmental health specialist with the county – inspecting restaurants for health violations.
After storming out of the party, Farook allegedly returned with his wife – both of them wearing ski masks, tactical gear and sporting .223-caliber assault rifles, semiautomatic handguns and pipe bombs.
Both are said to have walked into the conference room where the party was still taking place – and opened fire.
A tip led police to a Redlands, California residence where the two shooters lived – prompting Farook and Malik to flee the home in their sport utility vehicle. They were killed in a firefight approximately four hours after the attack.
One police officer was injured during the shootout.
Farook is an Illinois native whose parents emigrated to the United States from Southeast Asia. He was a devout Muslim who recently traveled to Saudi Arabia – a.k.a. our “partners in peace” – returning with a woman (presumably Malik) that he met via the internet.
Colleagues described him as … wait for it … “quiet and polite.”