Terrifying details are emerging about the Muslim couple who stormed a building in San Bernardino, killing 14. According to federal law enforcment sources, the pair left behind what is being referred to as an “IED factory” and were intent on commiting jihad.
Dressed in body armor high-tech body cameras and dark masks, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, burst into a San Bernardino facility that treats individuals with developmental delays and opened fire in a conference room where Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino County Health Department, was in the middle of a holiday party.
After shooting more than a two dozen people, the couple escaped in a black SUV, only to be located almost three hours later and just under 2 miles away from the facility. The pair engaged in a fierce gun battle on the city’s main drag before being killed by police. A third person, initially taken into custody, has not been charged in connection with the crime.
“They came prepared to do what they did, as if they were on a mission,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at a press conference shortly after the attack.
Farook, whohad worked as a restaurant inspector at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health for five years, was described by severaon co-workers as a “devout” Muslim.
Bomb squads working with robots swept the couple’s home within hours of the incident and witnesses reported hearing several loud explosions.
Law enforcement officials said during a press conference that they could not rule out terrorism as a possible motive and that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was aiding in the investigation. “It is a possibility, but we don’t know that,” said Assistant Regional FBI Director David Bowdich. “It’s possible it goes down that road. It’s possible it does not.”
As reported by Fox News the shooters were each carrying an AR-15 rifle and a pistol when they were shot and killed by police after police engaged them in a car chase in their black SUV. A source says the vehicle also contained “rollout bags” with multiple pipe bombs, in addition to multiple rounds of ammunition.
The couple also had military style GoPro cameras strapped to their body armor and wore tactical clothing which included military style vests stuffed with ammunition magazines.
“That’s a military tactic for a sustained fight,” said the source.
In addition to the explosives found inside the SUV, police discovered and detonated three pipe bombs at the Inland Regional Center, the building in which the initial attack began, Yet another source reported that investigators discovered multiple pipe bombs in the suspects’ home, in addition to small explosives strapped to remote-controlled vehicles.
In response to the shooting, Senate democrats announced that they intend to force a vote to stem gun violence, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We’re going to force the Senate to vote on amendments that do something to stop gun violence,” Nevada Senator Harry Reid tweeted.
The San Bernardino massacre was the nation’s deadliest mass shooting since the attack at a Newtown, Conneticut school in 2012, which reportedly left 26 children and adults dead.