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California Massacre Suspects Could Have Domestic and Foreign Terror Links

December 03, 2015  | 

Grim details emerged Thursday about the massacre at a California holiday party that left 14 people dead and 21 others hurt, but investigators are still trying to answer the key question: Why?

The couple who unleashed the bloodbath Wednesday fired as many as 75 rounds at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino and tried to slaughter more people with a rigged pipe bomb that never detonated, authorities said Thursday.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, who was born in Chicago, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, a 27-year-old naturalized by marriage U.S. citizen from Pakistan, were killed in a shootout with police a few miles away more than four hours after the rampage.

The couple — clad in black tactical gear but not bulletproof vests as originally reported — fired 76 more rifle rounds during a pursuit with police, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters. Officers returned about 380 rounds.

Authorities said they are still trying to determine why Farook and his wife attacked the Inland Regional Center.

But authorities told NBC News on Thursday that Farook appeared to have been radicalized. They said he had been in touch with people in the Los Angeles area who have expressed jihadist-oriented views.

Intelligence sources also said Farook appeared to have been in some form of communication with people overseas who are persons of interest to U.S. authorities.

Farook and Malik had two assault rifles and two semiautomatic handguns that were legally purchased and registered, Burguan said.

In total, the pair carried more than 1,400 .223 caliber rounds and 200 more 9mm rounds during the gunbattle. The three pipe bombs found at the social services center were stitched together on a remote-controlled car, but for whatever reason, it didn't explode, he said.

A search of a home connected with the couple turned up 12 pipe-bomb-type devices and a cache of ammunition, Burguan said — including 2,000 9mm rounds, 2,500 .233 caliber rounds and several hundred .22 Long Rifle rounds.

Police also confirmed that the couple had rented a black Ford Expedition three or four days before the carnage. The car, which was supposed to have been returned Wednesday, was used as their getaway.

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Gerald Kern @ 12/3/2015 3:50 PM

Ayatollah Obama will stand by his man and blame this attack on Global Warming and the 2nd Amendment, but do the math. Suspect is an OK guy, then he goes to Saudi Arabia and finds one of his 72 virgins, then he brings her back, has a baby, builds a bomb factory in their home and then shoots a bunch of innocent people. How can even the dumbest liberal out there not connect the dots?

Concerned Citizen @ 12/3/2015 6:10 PM

All the Hard-Left does is try to take away guns from Law Abiding citizens. Little do they know their 'False God" Obama is a bigger threat to humanity than "Small Arms." Obama is pushing for World War III, that WILL kill more people than, all the Massacre(s) combined. Not to mention the fact Obama is letting these Muslim Radicals in the country! Yet the Brainwashed O-Zombies YELL TAKE AWAY OUR GUNS! They'll wish they had something to defend themselves, if Russia or China Nukes us! They lack logic and commonsense. A Nuclear war, will kill more Obama supporters than a nut with a gun. If they were smart they'd fear Obama himself. This is a threat to Sovereignty, National Security and everyone. World War 3 isn't a laughing matter! Except for a Narcissist like Obama!

Doug @ 12/3/2015 6:16 PM

OK, will Washington D.C. listen now? Time to secure our borders, stop the influx of refugees into our Country, and take a long hard look at segments of certain religions. I am totally fine with stopping 1000 refugees from entering our country if it keeps one terrorist out. Also, if you are qualified and willing, please carry a weapon to protect your family, my family and our country.

Leonard Mather @ 12/3/2015 9:49 PM

The San Bernardino carnage is ample proof that Liberals are averse to facts, logic, data and connecting dots that cause cognitive dissonance. They dare not use the words Muslim Terrorist, Islamic terrorism, soft targets in gun free zones, dying as a Shaheen, Koran Surah 9:5 ordering killing of the Mushrikun and especially when dying in the process because that causes automatic Shaheen status guaranteeing Paradise. Orders from Obama require "watering down" hard facts. Observe the Media "pussy footing" and downplaying the Muslim/Jihadi connections.

Tschako @ 12/3/2015 11:35 PM

So tired of the media desperately avoiding words like Muslim, radical, terrorist, and terrorism. These two were what we call "moderate Muslims" He had a civil service job, a wife and a kid. Yet, he and his wife planned this attack for some time, waited for them to gather at a Christian celebration and COMITTED A TERRORIST ATTACK on them.
Obama will list this as "workplace violence" since they were his co-workers, but it was a PLANNED TERRORIST ATTACK!

ssc1911 @ 12/4/2015 6:26 AM

Extremely ad at the loss of life in San Bernadino. All LE did a fantastic job in this active shooter situation, God bless them.
Sadly all the pols are and will be focusing on is the guns and ammo, guns were legally purchased and presume ammo was too. Pols and anti gunner will coem out now and say that more gun control is needed, restricting the amount of ammo ie large amounts to law abiding citizens who use that ammo in shooting competitions etc. California is one of the state with restrictive gun laws THIS DID NOT STOP THE TWO SHOOTERS FROM CARRYING OUT THEIR OBJECTIVE. The investigation is going to take time and after LE has an idea or proof of exactly what the motive for the killings were then a discussion can begin.
The problem is that law abiding people are helpless because of anti gunners and anti gun pols pushing, and enacting laws that only affect law abiding people. The all ant gun pols and anti gunners, YOU ARE SUBVERSIVES!!, DON'T BLAME THE GUN OR AMMUNITION.

stan @ 12/4/2015 7:07 AM

My prayers to the victims and their families. My thanks to my fellow officers who responded.

I guess we better outlaw RC cars and SUV rentals. Such an attach would have never occurred if the terrorist were prevented from using them......

This article did seem to focus on the ammo count instead of the rhetoric behind the killing.

stan @ 12/4/2015 7:12 AM

Also, I'd like to suggest we stop using the term "active shooter" to describe the criminal. When I respond to something like this and engage the perpetrator, I am also an active shooter. Let's starts calling the person what he is, an active killer. After all, they are using bombs and knives now, too.

It may sound silly, but we know there is no such thing as an assault weapon, nor do clips of high capacity exists either.

Stay safe.

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