Less than a week after the San Bernardino massacre that left 14 dead and 21 others injured, employees at the Inland Regional Center are returning to work Monday.
San Bernardino County officials said an increased security presence will be seen at public health buildings throughout the City, ABC News reports.
During a press conference San Bernardino Board of Supervisors Josie Gonzales said, “No act of terrorism anywhere … will invest fear.
“All of us in San Bernardino County are one family. And we stand together united. We know that our county employees are valuable and that we have a mission together. To come as a strong community. And be able to supersede any act of terrorism.”
She added: “Most of our county employees make their job a career. We have families we have couples we have children we have grandparents we have all kinds of families working in SB County. We attend each others’ weddings, birthdays, special events.”
New details emerge
ABC’s Good Morning America reports Monday that new details from inside the conference room have emerged.
The room where the shooting took place was a large room packed with tables and chairs. On one side was a podium for presentations and on the other a Christmas tree.
Young married couple Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, 27, burst into the room through a central door wearing tactical gear and carrying extra ammo. They blew out windows and struck many of the people inside the room. ABC News reports,
“It was four minutes of sheer terror.”
Many of the people hit by gunfire were people at the table Farook had been sitting earlier, playing trivia games with his co-workers. He left his jacket behind saying he’d be right back. The only other escape was a door on the other side of the room.
The couple unloaded at least 65 rounds of ammunition during those four minutes. People took cover anywhere they could, one survivor jumping through a shattered window. Some employees huddled together, some used chairs as shields.
Those who knew Farook say they noticed changes about a year ago. One witness said he kept more to himself after he got married.
When asked if she felt she didn’t know her brother, Farook’s sister Saira Khan said, “No, at this time I feel he had a double life. I feel he was really good at concealing everything from all of us.”
Farook had attended a Christmas party with co-workers at the Inland Regional Center. Witnesses reported Farook became agitated and left.
Within approximately 30 minutes he and Malik returned dressed in black and wearing masks. They were both armed with an assault-type rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. They stormed through a conference room door and opened fire.
The motive of the shootings remains a mystery. It is not yet known if the massacre was done at the direction of any terrorist group.