San Bernardino attack. 14 killed, 22 injured

San Bernardino attack. 14 killed, 22 injured


At least 14 people were killed and 17 were injured by a heavily armed terrorists on Wednesday in Calif, San Bernardino at a social services administration before leading the police on a manhunt finishing in a shootout that left the two suspects dead.

Panic, fear and chaos filled this big working-class community 60 miles east from Los Angeles as the terrorists completed the country’s worst mass shooting since the assault on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., almost 3 years back.

Chief Jarrod Burguan of the San Bernardino Police Division identified the two suspects as Syed Farook, 28 years old, and Tashfeen Malik, 29 years old. Mr. Farook's roots are from America. Relatives say they were married and had a 6-month-old little girl.

Mr. Farook worked in county health department for five years as an environmental inspector. On Wednesday morning he visited a department event at the Inland Regional Center, facility that provides services for disabled citizens. He looked angry and irritated after a dispute, after some time he left the party and returned with Ms. Malik around 11 a.m. He was heavily armed.

While shooting, others in the building who were away from attack, were reporting about situation. The attackers put three explosive devices after leaving, and it took a lot of time for inspectors to identify the victims.

With FBI getting on the picture a local police routine response to gunfire all of a sudden became a worldwide investigation of a deadliest assault since September 11. The range of searches covered 5 countries on 3 continents, getting big companies like Apple involved. What was the motive of American born Farook to commit such horrendous crime is remain unknown, but it's becoming clear in a light of recent deadly assaults that the threat is more likely to come from withing US borders, rather than outside. 

Why the officials haven't responded in a timely manner to what became a tragedy when it's now become clear could be avoided. Investigators have discovered a numerous of Facebook post where Farook and his wife in some form or another were talking about bomb making, assaults and other provocative material that should've arouse suspicion.  

FBI is now conduction more detailed research on Farook and Malik lives. It's already determined that Malik was born in Pakistan but spent most of her childhood in Saudi Arabia before coming to United States. It hasn't been confirmed yet but according to her relative, who resides in Saudi Arabia Malik lived in a city of Jidda with her father. She then returned back to Pakistan and graduated from college in 2012 receiving degree in pharmacy.

Mr. Farook was born in Illinois to Pakistani parents and moved to California to study an environmental health. He had never been listed as a suspect or arrested on serious charges. 

The couple met online through Muslim dating services. Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia where they spent one week. After returning home he applied for K-1 visa for Malik and she came to the United States the following year.