San Bernardino Shootings: What we Know Now

CNN| Police have identified the two suspects in the San Bernardino shootings. The male assailant was US Citizen,…
San Bernardino (Update)

CNN| Police have identified the two suspects in the San Bernardino shootings. The male assailant was US Citizen, Syed Farook, 28 and his wife or girlfriend Tashfeen Malik, 27. He was a county employee and worked as an environmental specialist for five years. Police Chief, Jarrod Burguan reported that the events began after Farook exited an office Christmas party at the Inland Regional Center and he was said to be angry. The County Department of Public Health was holding a banquet, Maybeth Feild, president and CEO of the social services center, told The Associated Press. Farook and Malik reentered the facility just after 11a.m. and they were heavily armed. Hundreds of people were present. Witness accounts state that the suspects, were wearing body armor, masks and moved with grim precision. The suspects then began to open fire with rifles. Gunfire caused people to frantically take cover under desks, barricade themselves in rooms or flee for their lives. The massacre was over within minutes leaving 14 confirmed dead and 21 confirmed wounded, some critically.

FOXNews| Initially, it was reported that there were three shooters but it is believed now that there were only two which are Syed and Tasheen. The two people were killed in a chase and shootout with police four hours after the massacre on San Bernardino, Ave. The male suspect shot out of the vehicle while the woman drove. The SUV stopped a quarter a mile later, as an officer returned fire. A device that looked like a bomb also flew out of the vehicle, Meredith Davis with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS. The SUV was racing back toward San Bernardino, she said. Residents were stunned to hear the eruption of continuous gunfire. A barrage of bullets riddled the SUV’s windshield.
A third person was detained but law enforcement is unsure of what his involvement is in the shootings, if any. Currently, the townhouse in Redlands, CA where the two suspects resided and where the chase with police began, is being searched for explosives. Many people in the neighborhood were evacuated and others were told to take cover at home.

CNN| Farhan Khan, the brother-in-law of the suspect Syed Farook told reporters: “I have no idea why he would do something like this. I have absolutely no idea. I am in shock myself.” Khan said he last spoke with Farook a week ago. The family has not been able to track down recently named suspect Syed Farook or his wife since Wednesday morning, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR (the Council on American Islāmic Relations). ATF tells CNN that one of the guns used in the shooting was illegally purchased and traces back to someone believed to be connected with the shooting. The ATF would not disclose the name of the purchaser.

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