Muslim San Bernardino Gunman Was ‘Eadicalized By Known Terrorists’ Before He And Pakistani-Born Wife Collected Masses Of Ammunition, Built More Than A Dozen Pipe Bombs And Left Their Baby Behind To Slaughter 14 People At A Holiday Party – Daily Mail
FBI agents have discovered nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition, a dozen pipe bombs and hundreds of tools for making improvised explosive devices at a home in California linked to San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook and his wife, law enforcement officials revealed this morning.
The news comes as it emerged that the US-born Farook, 28, appeared to have been radicalized and was in touch by phone and via social media with more than one international terrorism subject, reported CNN citing investigators.
San Bernardino Police Chief Burguan said at a press conference that Farook and his 27-year-old wife, Tashfeen Malik, fired between 65-75 rounds inside a conference center at the Inland Regional Center during a holiday party for county health employees Wednesday morning, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others.
The couple came dressed in black tactical-style vests and were armed with a .223-caliber DPMS Model A15 rifle, a Smith and Wesson M&P15 rifle, a handgun made by Llama and a Smith and Wesson handgun.
Federal officials said all four weapons were purchased legally in the United States four years ago – the handguns by Farook himself and the assault rifles by a third party.
During a standoff with police in Redlands that occurred five hours after the San Bernardino massacre, the husband and wife fired on responding cops, who returned fire, peppering the couple’s rental Ford Expedition SUV with 380 rounds. Both Farook and Malik were pronounced dead on the scene.
When law enforcement officials searched the bullet-riddled vehicle with Utah license plates, they found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition on or around the deceased shooters.
During the early-morning search of a residence in the city of Redlands associated with a family member of Farook, Chief Burguan said they came away with a massive arsenal of ammunition, including 2,000 9mm rounds, another 2,500 .223 rounds and several hundred long rifle bullets, along with 12 pipe bombs and tools that could be used to construct IEDs.
Burguan noted that the couple were well-equipped to carry out another attack. He added that Farook had no criminal record that police were aware of.
Farook met his Pakistani wife-turned-accomplice while on the hajj in Saudi Arabia and appeared to have been radicalized, law enforcement officials revealed.
Federal officials also told NBC News that Farook made a trip to Saudi Arabia, most likely for the hajj – the annual religious pilgrimage to the sacred city of Mecca that all devout Muslims are required to go on at least once in their lives.
FBI Assistant Director David Bowditch said it is believed that during his stay overseas, Farook met Malik, got engaged and in July 2014 brought her over to the US on a K-1 fiancee visa. He also mentioned that Farook traveled to Pakistan at some point, but he would not go into detail.
On Wednesday morning, Farook and Malik dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook’s mother, saying they were going to a doctor’s appointment.
By noon, according to police, the couple had donned assault clothing, armed themselves with rifles and stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others.
Before sunset, after a massive manhunt and a violent shootout with police on a residential street in the city of Redlands.
Those who knew Farook, among them his colleagues at the San Bernardino County Public Health Department, described him as a devout Muslim but not someone who often talked about religion.
‘He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,’ said Griselda Reisinger, a former colleague.
Co-worker Patrick Baccari, who shared a cubicle with Farook, told the Los Angeles Times he and his young family appeared to be ‘living the American dream.’
In the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, a search team comprised of police and federal agents combed the residence in Redlands, California, associated with Farook and his wife. A black sedan parked outside was also searched.
The home is where officers initially saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspects’ SUV in the hours before the final gun battle that killed them. A bomb squad on Wednesday swept the building with robots. Public records show it is a possible residence of a family member of Farook.
President Barack Obama addressed the shooting from the Oval Office shortly before noon Eastern Time, saying it is possible the massacre in San Bernardino was related to terrorism, but it’s also possible it was workplace-related, or that the perpetrators had mixed motives.
‘At this stage, we don’t yet know why this terrible event occurred,’ a somber Mr Obama told the press.
‘We do know that the two individuals who were killed were equipped with weapons and appeared to have access to additional weaponry at their homes, but we don’t know why they did it; we do not know the extent of their plans and their motivations.’
The commander-in-chief assured Americans that the FBI, who has taken over the investigation, will get to the bottom of what happened in California on Wednesday.
In his remarks, Obama also touched upon the issue of gun control, saying the nation must make it harder for people to carry out acts of violence.
‘We see the prevalence of these kinds of mass shootings in this country, and like so many Americans, sometime feel as if there is nothing we can do about it,’ Obama said.
‘We can’t just leave it to our professionals to deal with the problem of these kinds of horrible killings. We all have a part to play.
‘We’re gonna have to search ourselves, as a society, to make sure that we can take basic steps that would make it harder, not impossible, but harder, for individuals to get access to weapons.’
Earlier in the day, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a press conference the Justice Department will be offering ‘any and all assistance necessary’ as the investigation into the California mass shooting continues.
Lynch was speaking at an event about criminal justice at the White House. She called Wednesday’s deadly massacre ‘unspeakable.’
Lynch says the government doesn’t know a lot yet about the incident. But she says the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and other federal authorities have been dispatched.
The attorney general said that whatever the results of the investigation, there’s no place for this type of violence in the US.
In the hours after the shooting, more information emerged about Farook, who was born in the US, and Malik, whom he met in Saudi Arabia.
Farook’s family was originally from South Asia, while Malik was believed to be from Pakistan and had lived in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Farook had an older brother, he added, who had served in the US military.
Farook graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in environmental health in 2009, according to the university’s commencement document.
As BuzzFeed first reported, according to Transparent California, which publishes public employee salary information, Farook earned $51,747 plus benefits, in 2013 working as an environmental health specialist.
The gunman’s father, also named Syed Farook, seemed shocked when talking to the New York Daily News in the wake of the slaughter.
“I haven’t heard anything,’ the elder Mr Farook said before his son’s name became public. ‘He was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He’s Muslim.’
In an online profile reportedly created by Farook and his parents six years ago on the dating site iMilap.com, a ‘one stop source for Indian matrimonial and dating services,’ the health inspector described himself as 6 feet tall and said he didn’t drink or smoke, according toABC News.
Farook wrote that he was part of a ‘religios [sic] but modern family of 4 – 2 girls, 2 boys,’ and that he enjoyed ‘doing target practice with younger sister and friends’ in their backyard.
He added that he enjoyed working on vintage and modern cars, and read religious books while enjoying eating out sometimes.
He was also registered on Dubaimatrimonial.com, a dating site that is the ‘first and only legal marriage service provider in UAE’ (United Arab Emirates), according to the website description. In that profile, Farook described himself as being from Karachi, Pakistan, but was born in Chicago and was residing in Los Angles as an American citizen. His religion was shown as Islam.
He also shared his thoughts on living a balanced life as a Muslim-American: ‘I try to live as a good Muslim. Looking for a girl who has the same outlook, wear hijab, but live the life to the fullest.’
Public records suggest possible turbulence in Farook’s younger life.
In 2006, Rafia Farook, who records indicate is Farook’s mother, filed in a Riverside court for divorce from her husband, the elder Mr Farook.
She enumerated multiple instances of domestic abuse in the legal filing, and said her husband ‘threatens to kill himself on a daily basis.’ During one incident, she said in a court filing, her son came between them ‘to save me.’
The suspect’s co-worker, Patrick Baccari, said Farook was gone for about a month in the spring. A short time after his return, he was joined by his wife, a woman he described as a pharmacist. A baby soon followed.
An online baby registry on the site The Bump that has been attributed to Tashfeen Malik by NBC News mentions the city of Riverside, California, as the mother’s address and a due date of May 17, 2015. Malik’s short wish list included Pampers diapers for newborns, cotton swabs, baby body wash and a convertible car seat.
Baccari said the reserved Farook showed no signs of unusual behavior, although he grew out his beard several months ago.
He said he had been sitting at the same table as Farook at the party on Wednesday morning, but his co-worker suddenly disappeared, leaving his coat behind. Baccari escaped most of the carnage as he was in the bathroom when the shooting started, and sustained only minor wounds from shrapnel which made it through the wall.
‘If I hadn’t been in the bathroom, I’d probably be laying dead on the floor,’ he said.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that Farook was ‘angry’ when he left the party, before returning with Malik and a stash of heavy weapons. Burguan said that there was obviously ‘some degree of planning involved’ in the attack.
Survivors of the shooting said the heavily armed duo entered the party venue and opened fire on the guests without uttering a single word.
Police said a third person was detained, but during Thursday morning’s press conference Chief Burguan said that individual played no part in the shooting and is not considered a suspect or a person of interest.
Burguan elaborated saying that police realized the person was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and he was booked on that warrant.
Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of CAIR, said the couple left their six-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother in the city of Redlands early on Wednesday morning. They told her they were going to attend a doctor’s appointment for the wife. They never returned.
Dramatic aerial images showed the aftermath of the police chase, which came to an end around a mile and a half from the scene of the massacre.
The bodies of Farook and Malik can be seen near their shot-out SUV, surrounded by heavily-armed officers. One of them was killed in the passenger seat and later removed from the vehicle, while another of the pair appears to have bolted from the vehicle and been gunned down not far away.
Fragments of video from witnesses on the ground showed the killers and officers exchanging gunfire on the roads of San Bernardino as bystanders ducked for cover. The chase ended some time between 3pm and 4pm local time Wednesday – as long as five hours after the massacre began.
A source told CNN that the suspects threw pipe bombs out of the windows of the vehicle before the shootout with police.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the suspects threw a thick-gauge copper pipe out of the SUV, but no explosives were found inside. The fake pipe bomb was equipped with a piece of material made to look like a wick.
One officer was hit in the shoot-out, and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The married couple also reportedly had left explosives behind in the conference center in San Bernardino prior their escape in the wake of the slaughter.
A bag believed to belong to Farook and Malik was later found at the site of the holiday party. Inside, police discovered three crudely made bombs packed with black powder and rigged to a remote-controlled toy car.
The remote for the car was later recovered from Farook and Malik’s SUV, a law enforcement official said, adding that its presence indicated that the couple planned to detonate the explosives from a distance but something must have stopped them.
KNBC reporter Michelle Valles tweeted shortly after 6am on Thursday that the gunmen’s shot-up black SUV was still in the street where the gun battle with police took place the night before.
Neighbors in Redlands were shocked that the suspected shooters had ties to their city.
A man who has been working in town told CBS Los Angeles he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.
Police have yet to offer a clear motive for the attack, though federal agencies have yet to rule out terrorism, and are hunting for links to ISIS and other extremist groups.
Farook’s brother-in-law Farhan Khan spoke at a press conference held at the offices of the CAIR in Anaheim to say he was stunned to hear of his relative’s involvement in the shooting.
Khan, who is married to Farook’s sister, said he last spoke to him a week ago. He said he had ‘absolutely no idea why he would do this. I am shocked myself.’
‘I just cannot express how sad I am for what happened today. I am very sad that people lost their lives. I am shock that something like this could happen.’ Khan said other family members asked him to speak at the news conference, and to express their sadness over the shootings.
The FBI are considering domestic terrorism and workplace violence as potential motives in the killing, which is the worst since Sandy Hook elementary school was attacked in 2012.
After Farook and Malik were killed, police served a search warrant on a home in Redlands, believed to be the one where the chase began.
Around six vehicles carrying helmeted police drove into the area. One officer carrying an assault rifle ordered reporters to clear the area, and an armored vehicle parked outside a row of homes.
Stories also began to emerged from those inside the conference center. Shortly before noon, dozens of people were seen existing the building with their hands up. Others were seen being taken away by paramedics on gurneys. According to the New York Times, those who fled were brought to a golf course behind, but were then moved from the scene due to a ‘potential explosive device.’
The Los Angeles Times reported how one victim hid under a desk when she was shot once in the lower back.
Denise Peraza, 27, called her sister telling her that two armed gunmen, dressed in black, wearing black masks entered and started shooting at random.
‘She said, “I just want to tell you that I love you” and then she said she had to go and she hung up,’ said Stephanie Baldwin.
She said after the shooting, everything was silent for around five minutes until police entered and she was taken out of the building.
Marcos Aquilera told KABC his wife was in the Inland building when a shooter burst in and opened fire.
‘They locked themselves in her office. They seen bodies on the floor,’ Aguilera said.
People inside the building sent panicked texts to friends and relatives as the gunmen armed with what has been described by CNN as AK-47s stormed the center.
A woman named Holly who works at the learning center where the shooting took place texted her father, Terry Pettit: ‘Shooting at my work. People shot. Waiting for cops to catch him. Pray for us.’
Pettit replied: ‘Hide find a good spot hide now.’
Holly said: ‘I am but we are locked in an office. Cops SWAT helicopter, everything here.’
Another worker named Gina texted her sister Monique: ‘There’s a shoot out at my work I’m scared.’
The San Bernardino Fire Department tweeted at around 11am local time that first responders were on the scene in 1300 block of South Waterman Avenue. The shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a non-profit organization for people with disabilities.
Marybeth Feild, the president and CEO of the Inland Regional Center, said the shooting happened in the conference area of a building that houses at least 25 employees as well as a library.
Glenn Willwerth, who heard shots being fired, told Fox News that he saw a black SUV leaving the scene that was ‘driving slowly and deliberately’. He said he saw people running frantically out of the building and hiding behind cars.
A day before the shooting, the San Bernardino center hosted a children’s Christmas party.
While most of the center’s youngest patients only come in for appointments, some of the most disabled are permanent residents.
A video posted on Twitter showed wheelchair-bound children beaming as they danced to the song Celebrate in one of the center’s halls – and pictures posted to the center’s official Facebook page show children receiving presents from Santa Claus.
SWAT teams were called in to clear the scene, according to Los Angeles News reporter Doug Sanders.
A bomb squad used a robot to detonate an apparent explosive device left at the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing anonymous sources.
Loma Linda University Medical has received four patients in its trauma center and officials there were expecting three more. Hospital spokeswoman Briana Pastorino said she didn’t know the patients’ conditions.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, which is run by the county, has received eight patients.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting in San Bernardino by homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, and has asked to be kept informed as the situation develops.
In an interview with CBS News this afternoon, Obama addressed this latest shooting.
‘We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there are some steps we can take… to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently,’ said the president.
The shooting in San Bernardino comes less than a week after a man opened fire at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, killing a police officer and two civilians, and injuring nine others.
Shooter’s Neighbor Didn’t Report ‘Suspicious Activity’ For Fear Of Being Labeled Racist – Daily Caller
Neighbors of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook told ABC Wednesday that they noticed “suspicious activity” at Farook’s home recently, but did not report it for fear of being called racist.
One neighbor noted that police had been called to the Farook household in the past, “maybe for a domestic violence dispute.”
Additionally, Aaron Elswick – a neighbor of Farook’s mother in Redland – said that another neighbor told him “they had I guess been receiving packages – quite a few packages within a short amount of time, and they were actually doing a lot of work out in the garage.”
“She was kind of suspicious and wanted to report it,” Elswick explained, “but she said she didn’t want to profile.”
San Bernardino Shootings Destroy Leftist Narrative After Leftist Narrative – Breitbart
Over the last 48 hours, the unserious parade of clown leftists in politics and the media have jumped on every narrative rake in sight. They desperately wanted the shooting in San Bernardino to be a right-winger with an NRA tramp stamp gone mad. Instead, it turned out to be two Muslims who dropped their six-month-old baby off in order to pursue killing.
Here’s how the left desperately attempted to spin narrative after narrative – and will continue to spin in the coming days, ignoring the very real threat of radical Islam.
It Must Be Pro-Lifers! In the aftermath of the left’s gleeful attempts to tie clinically insane person Robert Dear to the entire pro-life movement, they initially thought they’d hit the narrative gold mine again: a Planned Parenthood was located near the shooting location! How near? Well, not that near. At least a mile away, it turns out. But that didn’t stop Sam Stein of Huffington Post from tweeting:
Planned Parenthood is about 1.3 miles from site of shooting. CNN, however, is reporting that the shooting didn’t take place there
– Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 2, 2015
Or Jennifer Bendery of MSNBC:
Planned Parenthood near San Bernardino shootings says they’re fine, no gun violence there, per MSNBC. – Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 2, 2015
There is a Chuck-E-Cheese 1.5 miles away from the shooting location. They weren’t targeted either.
It Must Be Right-Wingers of Unspecified Political Priority! If it couldn’t be pinned on the pro-life movement, it had to be some other right-wingers, at least according to moral cow pie Markos Moulitsas of Vox.com, who tweeted this:
Yo GOP, kinda hard to talk about “keeping people safe” when your peeps are shooting up America.
– Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 2, 2015
Geraldo Rivera of Fox News had the day’s most facepalming moment on Twitter:
The key now is for us to be as outraged by San Bernadino massacre as we would be if Muslim extremists were doing the killing. This is terror
– Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
Oopsies. We Need More Gun Control! As the shootings unfolded, Democrats universally came out of the woodwork to chant to their pagan god, government: The Great God of Government had to stop such nefarious activities by activating the gun control agenda. Barack Obama said to CBS’s Norah O’Donnell, “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.” Hillary Clinton tweeted:
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. – H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb – Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted:
Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.
– Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 2, 2015
And the inimitable Geraldo Rivera again:
Mass shooting in San Bernadino California at a Center for the Developmentally Disabled WTF! The 2d Amendment is Stupid!!! Don’t rationalize. – Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
This narrative hasn’t faded quite as fast as some of the others, because Democrats are far too invested in it to let it go. Here’s Senator Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) this morning:
We’re going to force the Senate to vote today on amendments that do something to stop gun violence. – Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 3, 2015
Prayer Is The Problem! One of the odder narratives yesterday came courtesy of the mainstream media, as well as certain Democratic politicians, including a sitting U.S.AIR Senator: those offering thoughts and prayers were the problem. This narrative likely began months ago after the Umpqua Community College shooting, when Obama said that thoughts and prayers weren’t enough; now that narrative has penetrated the leftist mainstream.
Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your “prayers” should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.
– Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
Official GOP position: “Praying.” “God bless.” “Praying.” “Thoughts and prayers.” “Praying.” “Thoughts and prayers.” pic.twitter.com/OyW3fQvm4w
Scott Bixby (@scottbix) December 2, 2015
Other countries must have fewer mass shootings because their conservative politicians offer thoughts and prayers more vigorously. – Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 2, 2015
At least 14 dead and 14 injured. But lucky for them, the GOP is offering up loads of thoughts and prayers! – Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 2, 2015
Fuck your prayers. https://t.co/y1nb2Jbxif
– timheidecker (@timheidecker) December 2, 2015
Huffington Post ran the headline, “Another Shooting, Another Deluge of Tweeted Prayers,” with the lead, “Public officials are the people society trusts to solve society’s ills. Like, say, gun violence. But every time multiple people have been gunned down in a mass shooting, all these officials can seemingly do is rush to offer their useless thoughts and prayers.” The dying New York Daily News took the cake with this cover:
An early look at tomorrow’s front page… GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS: https://t.co/eKUg5f03ec pic.twitter.com/j4gEFg9YtJ
– New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 3, 2015
As I wrote yesterday:
The same people who believe that when radical Muslims engage in mass shootings, that’s not an indictment of Islam, are now pointing to Christians who pray for shooting victims and labeling them the problem. According to these deep thinkers, if you shout “Allahu akhbar!” while shooting crowds of innocents, that’s not religious in any way; if you pray for the victims, you’re a religious nutjob.
It’s Workplace Violence! This narrative began with the terrorism-associated Council on American-Islamic Relations, which held a press conference late last night. The CAIR spokesman said, “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.” Today, President Obama suggested that workplace violence could be a motivation, even though workplace violence isn’t a motivation, but a method. NBC’s Kerry Saunders suggested that the workplace “Christmas party” could have offended the Muslim shooter.
It is highly unlikely that simple hatred of coworkers led to an organized terrorist incident, complete with IED development and GoPro cameras. It is far more likely, as President Obama suggested, that the motivation was Islamic but the targets were workplace-based. Given that the federal government has labeled Fort Hood workplace violence, however, we could see a redux of that narrative here.
Stop The Islamophobia! Sooner or later, we knew we would arrive here. And so we have: when all else fails, blame Islamophobia. On Thursday, Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) criticized Republicans for demonizing Muslims. That will continue all day.
There’s just one more step before we reach the end of the rake-stepping parade: climate change.
Keep an eye out.
Obama Said Americans Safe From ISIS-Style Attack While Police Hunted San Bernardino Terrorists – Daily Wire
President Obama’s universe must be a wonderful place.
It sure isn’t reality.
In an interview with CNN that aired on Thursday – the day after reportedly ISIS-inspired radical Muslim terrorists murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, California – Obama explained that Americans were safe from ISIS attack like the Paris attacks. “ISIL will not pose an existential threat to us,” Obama said, as though anyone argues differently. “They are a dangerous organization like al Qaeda was, but we have hardened our defenses. The American people should feel confident that, you know, we are going to be able to defend ourselves and make sure that, you know, we have a good holiday and go about our lives.”
The interview was taped simultaneously with the investigation into the San Bernardino shootings on Wednesday.
The level of disconnect here truly rises to the level of astonishing. We know that President Obama has lied about national security repeatedly in order to ensure his own political popularity – and we know he’s done so specifically with regard to ISIS. On Monday, his former intelligence head openly explained that Obama ignored intelligence about ISIS’ rise in 2011 and 2012 to boost his re-election chances. Now, Obama’s openly lying to us about our level of safety in order to protect his own prioritization of climate change.
Just to ensure that Americans feel perfectly safe against ISIS, Obama has pledged to move strongly on gun control. Today, the White House announced that Obama’s desire to strengthen anti-gun regulation would actually deter terrorism. Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked, “Does the President really think that common sense gun laws would deter terrorists now that he has admitted that these two may have been terrorists?” Josh Earnest answered, “Yes.”
Just like climate change summits intimidate ISIS. Just like ISIS was jayvee.
You’re not safe under President Obama’s watch. That’s because he’s not watching. He’s just covering his own ass, forever and always.