California shooting: Killers’ deadly arsenal is 5000 bullets and a dozen pipe bombs

December 4, 2015 2:12 pm

• Syed Rizwan Farook, Tashfeen Malik shot dead by police
• They gunned down 14 people at social centre
• Farook was ‘devout’ Muslim citizen and had links to terror suspects
• Couple had dropped off their baby before killing spree

The
two attackers who killed 14 people in a rampage at a banquet fired as
many as 75 rifle rounds at the scene, left behind three rigged-together
pipe bombs with a remote-control device that apparently malfunctioned,
and had over 1600 more bullets with them when they were gunned down in
their SUV, authorities said today.
At their home, they had 12
pipe bombs, tools for making more explosives, and over 3000 rounds of
ammunition, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a grim morning-after
inventory that suggested yesterday’s bloodbath could have been far
worse.

Syed Farook slaughtered 14 people. Photo / Supplied
Syed Farook slaughtered 14 people. Photo / Supplied

Wearing military-style gear and wielding assault rifles, Syed
Rizwan Farook, a 28-year-old county restaurant inspector, and his
Pakistani wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, slaughtered 14 and wounded 17 in the
attack at a social service centre shortly after he slipped away from an
employee banquet he was attending there.
The couple were shot to death about four hours later and a few kilometres away in a furious gunbattle with police.
As
the FBI took over the investigation, authorities were trying to learn
why the couple left behind their 6-month-old daughter and went on the
rampage – the nation’s deadliest mass shooting since the Newtown,
Connecticut, school tragedy three years ago that left 26 children and
adults dead.

FBI agents search the home of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik for clues to why they shot dead 14 people. Photo / AP
FBI agents search the home of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik for clues to why they shot dead 14 people. Photo / AP
“There was obviously a mission here. We know that. We do
not know why. We don’t know if this was the intended target or if there
was something that triggered him to do this immediately,” said David
Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.
At
the White House, President Barack Obama said after meeting with his
national security team that it was “possible this was terrorist-related”
but that authorities were unsure. He raised the possibility that it was
a workplace dispute or that mixed motives were at play.

http://www.jokpeme.com/2015/12/california-shooting-killers-deadly.html

Law enforcement experts said investigators may well conclude the killers had more than one motivation.
Farook
was born in the US to a Pakistani family, was raised in Southern
and had been a San Bernardino County employee for five years,
according to authorities and acquaintances. Authorities said Malik came
to the US on a Pakistani passport in July 2014.

Farook's brother-in-law Farhan Khan looks distraught after making a statement to media condemning the killings. Photo / Getty Images
Farook’s brother-in-law Farhan Khan looks
distraught after making a statement to media condemning the killings.
Photo / Getty Images
Police and federal agents for a second day searched a home
in neighbouring Redlands, about 11km from the massacre at the Inland
Regional Center. Investigators didn’t immediately say if the couple had
lived there. Public records show it may be the home of a Farook family
member.
Sources have said Farook’s apparent radicalisation
contributed to his role in the mass shooting. Farook travelled to Saudi
Arabia for several weeks in 2013 on the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to
Mecca that Muslims are required to take at least once in their lifetime.
This didn’t raise red flags but it was during this trip that he met
Malik, a native of Pakistan who came to the on a “fiancee
visa” and later became a lawful permanent resident.

 About four hours after the late-morning carnage, police hunting for the killers riddled a black SUV with gunfire in a shootout 3km from the social services centre in this Southern California city of 214,000 people. During the shootout, the couple fired 76 rounds, while law enforcement officers unleashed about 380, the police chief said.

Officials had previously said that neither Farook nor Malik
were known to the FBI but law enforcement officials said Farook had
been in communication by phone and via social media with more than one
person being investigated for terrorism, CCN reported.
Residents told KABC-TV Redlands is a sleepy town and expressed shock that the killers might be their neighbours.
The
attackers invaded the centre at around 11am local time, opening fire in
a conference area county health officials had rented for an employee
banquet. Farook attended the banquet, then left and returned with
murderous intent.

A victim of the massacre is wheeled away on a stretcher. Photo / AP
A victim of the massacre is wheeled away on a stretcher. Photo / AP
Federal authorities said the two assault rifles and two
handguns used in the violence had been bought legally, but they did not
say how and when they got into the attackers’ hands.
Co-worker
Patrick Baccari said he was sitting at the same table as Farook, who
suddenly disappeared. Baccari said that when the shooting started, he
took refuge in a bathroom and suffered minor wounds from shrapnel
slicing through the wall.
The shooting lasted about five minutes,
he said, and when he looked in the mirror he realised he was bleeding.
“If I hadn’t been in the bathroom, I’d probably be laying dead on the
floor,” he said.

http://www.jokpeme.com/2015/12/california-shooting-killers-deadly.html

Baccari described Farook as reserved and said he showed no
signs of unusual behaviour. Earlier this year, he travelled to Saudi
Arabia, was gone for about a month and returned with a wife, later
growing a beard, Baccari said.
The couple dropped off their
daughter with relatives yesterday morning, saying they had a doctor’s
appointment, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations, said after talking with family.
“We
don’t know the motives. Is it work, rage-related? Is it mental illness?
Is it extreme ideology? At this point, it’s really unknown to us, and at
this point it’s too soon to speculate,” Ayloush said.
Co-workers told the Los Angeles Times that Farook was a devout Muslim but didn’t talk about religion at work.
Farhan
Khan, who is married to Farook’s sister, told reporters that he last
spoke to his brother-in-law about a week ago. Khan condemned the
violence and said he had “absolutely no idea” why Farook would kill.
Seventeen people were wounded, according to authorities. As of last night, two patients were listed in critical condition.
About
four hours after the late-morning carnage, police hunting for the
killers riddled a black SUV with gunfire in a shootout 3km from the
social services centre in this Southern California city of 214,000
people.
During the shootout, the couple fired 76 rounds, while law enforcement officers unleashed about 380, the police chief said.

Tags:
shared on wplocker.com