14 dead in California shooting, two Pak-origin suspects killed
WASHINGTON: Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a California couple of Pakistani descent, gunned down 14 people at an office party on Wednesday morning before being killed shortly after in a gunfight with police.
Authorities were still searching for a motive though plenty of signs pointed to elaborate planning behind the shooting. Terrorism was not being ruled out. “It’s possible that this was terrorist related, but we don’t know,” President Barack Obama said on Thursday. “And it’s also possible that this was workplace related.”
“We have not ruled out terrorism,” area police chief Jarrod Burguan said on Wednesday. “Based on what we have seen and how they were equipped, there had to be some kind of planning
that went into this.”
Initial reports had suggested three shooters, and police have arrested a man but they have said they are investigating if that person is connected to the shooting.
Farook, a 28-year-old public
health official of the local county, had apparently stormed out of an office party to celebrate the holiday season at a health facility in San Bernardino.
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A couple embraces after the shooting that killed 14 people at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday.