San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan says the two suspects in yesterday’s mass shooting were carrying more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition and had 12 pipe bombs, along with additional bomb making material, back at their home in Redlands. Burguan said a remote-controlled pipe bomb was also found at the scene but it failed to detonate. Fourteen people were killed and 17 injured in the shooting rampage on Wednesday
The suspect, Syed Farook was in contact on social media with extremists who are under FBI scrutiny, the AP reports, supporting an earlier CNN report.
Both cite intelligence officials speaking on condition of anonymity. From the AP:
The official would not further describe the contacts by Syed Rizwan Farook. He would not be quoted because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The official says investigators are still trying to determine whether and how he became radicalized and whether he was in contact with any foreign terrorist organization.
Farook and his wife rented a home in the city of Redlands, where they amassed a huge amount of ammunition and a dozen improvised explosives. They may have resided in another city south of San Bernardino, however, where press has gathered to interview neighbors or a member of the family.
- Police chief Jarrod Burguan increased the total number of wounded from 17 to 21, in addition to the 14 people killed by two suspects at a community center in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday.
- Dead suspects Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik had amassed a huge arsenal, he said, with thousands of rounds and a dozen improvised explosives, including a remote-controlled bomb left at the center.
- “Clearly they were equipped and could’ve continued to carry out another attack,” Burguan said of the suspects, who died in a shootout with police on Wednesday. Their four guns were purchased legally.
- FBI agent David Bowdich said investigators still do not know what motivated the young couple, who left their but were confident it was long-planned. “There was obviously a mission here, we know that.”
- Bowdich said that Malik arrived in the US on a fiancee visa in July 2014, later marrying the American Farook. Police said she had a Pakistani passport, and that the couple left their six-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother.
- Police have recovered hard drives, thumb drives and other electronic information from the Redlands home, some of which has been flown to Washington for “expeditious analysis”.
- Police have received varying reports about Farook’s behavior at the holiday party he attacked, which was hosted by the county health department where he worked. “Nobody gets upset at party and puts together that kind of elaborate scheme or planning to do that,” Burguan said.
- “We’re going to get to the bottom of this,” Barack Obama vowed, adding that the US needed to limit access to guns to people who have an intention to inflict harm on others: “right now it’s just too easy.”
- Police said they have identified all the victims and would release their names sometime in the afternoon or evening Pacific time, and mourners planned vigils in the San Bernardino area.
Two wounded people remain in critical condition, a hospital official has told reporters outside the Loma Linda Medical Center.
In Congress today the Senate voted on a measure to block suspected terrorists from buying guns – it failed, 45-54, divided mostly along party lines.
Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd