SAN BERNADINO, Calif. — The suspects in Wednesday’s shooting that killed 14 and injured 17 at a social services center in San Bernadino have been identified as a devoutly Muslim husband and wife.
Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 28, were killed during a shootout with police mid-afternoon local time. The two had been dressed in body armor and tactical gear, and donned GoPro cameras to record the bloodbath that they unleashed on the Inland Regional Center, a facility for developmental disabled persons.
The violence is stated to have specifically been unleashed in a conference room where the county health department had been holding a holiday party. Farook used to work for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and attended the party for a time until leaving and coming back with his wife dressed for war.
“He was very religious,” Farook’s father, also named Syed, told the New York Daily News. “He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.”
“I am in shock that something like this could happen,” Farhan Kahn, Farook’s brother-in-law, also stated at a press conference. “I am very sad that people lost their lives.”
Farook and Malik led police on a chase, which concluded four hours later as Malik drove the vehicle while Farook fired at the 21 officers that has surrounded the couple. The two died after being gunned down by police.
According to reports, Farook and Malik dropped their six-month-old daughter off with relatives yesterday morning, claiming that they had a doctor’s appointment.
Officials searched the couple’s vehicle after the shooting and found a remote control toy car, which had reportedly been rigged to set off three explosives at Farook and Malik’s residence. Police sent a robot to the couple’s home in Redlands, California, where they detonated the explosives inside. The apartment has been described as an “IED facility.”
“They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters. “They were dressed and equipped in a way to show they were prepared . … They came in with an intent to do something.”