14 dead in Cal­i­for­nia shoot­ing, two Pak-ori­gin sus­pects killed

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yash­want Raj yash­want.raj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

CON­TIN­UED ON P15

RE­LATED RE­PORTS, P20

A couple em­braces af­ter the shoot­ing that killed 14 peo­ple at a so­cial ser­vices fa­cil­ity in San Bernardino, Cal­i­for­nia, on Wed­nes­day.

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