10 San Bernardino Shooters Facts And Disturbing Info You Need To Know About The Suspects
What do we know about the suspects of the San Bernardino shooting? What are the disturbing facts about them? Here are 10 disturbing information you need to know about the San Bernardino shooters.Advertisement
The couple, suspects in the San Bernardo shooting, that killed 14 and left 21 others wounded, had shot as many as 75 rounds at the Inland Regional Center and attempted to kill more by a rigged pipe bomb that did not go off.
After four hours of the massacre, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a gunfire exchange with the police. While the police were in pursuit of the couple, Farook and Malik fired an additional 76 rifle rounds, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
As reported by NBC News, authorities are trying to find out why Farook and Malik opened fire at the regional center. David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, hinted at the possibility of a mission behind the attacks. “We do not know the motive. … It would be irresponsible of me and be way too early to speculate on motive,” he said. “There was obviously a mission here. We do not know why. We do not know if this was the intended target or something triggered him.”
Here are 10 facts about the San Bernardino shooters:
- Farook worked as an environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County for 5 years. In 2013, he made $53,000.
- He and his wife had a six-month old daughter.
- They secured their baby first. Farook and Malik took their daughter to the grandparents’ house, according to Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, California. The couple said that they were going for a doctor’s appointment, according to NBC News.
- They had a massive collection of ammunition in their home. The police discovered that the couple collected guns, ammunition and bombs, and were preparing for an attack aimed at slaying as many people as they could. Upon searching a home connected with the couple, 12 pipe-bomb-type devices and a cache of ammunition, which included 2,000 9mm rounds, 2,500 .233 caliber rounds and several hundred .22 Long Rifle rounds were discovered, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
- After Farook got involved in some kind of dispute at the Inland Regional Center, he left and returned 10 to 30 minutes later with his wife. They were armed with assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns. The two then opened fire and killed 14 and wounded 20 others.
- After the massacre, the couple engaged in a gunfire exchange with the police. Farook and Malik fired 76 rounds while the police returned 380 rounds. The couple was carrying 1400 assault rifle rounds and 200 handgun rounds when they were being pursued by the police.
- Malik applied for permanent residency in 2014. She got in the United States through a fiancee visa.
- Farook looked for a partner online. He had multiple accounts on the iMilap website. The two met online.
- There are indications that Farook was in touch with suspected extremists, and that he communicated with one terror suspect.
- Farook is a product of a broken family. His parents got divorced because his mother claimed her husband was abusive.
According to USA Today, the couple struck the holiday party at the Inland Regional Center, which provides care for people suffering from developmentally disabilities, at about 11 a.m. Fourteen people were killed in the massacre, and 20 others were wounded. Farook and Malik left behind a bomb, according to the police.
San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis spoke of the San Bernardino shooting, saying, “The priority has been public safety. Our police department responded as effectively and safely as they could,” he said. “We need to stay on a high level of alert, but at the same time, we can’t be paralyzed by these instances.”