On December 3, 2016, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, carried out the San Bernardino shooting massacre. At the end of the day, 14 people were killed and 21 wounded and a community heartbroken. For now, here’s what is known as law enforcement officials continue their investigation into the motives behind such a brutal attack.
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Here is a brief timeline of what occurred:
Farook was an environmental health specialist for San Bernardino County. He had worked there for five years. Farook, 28, and Malik, 27, had been married for two years and had a 6 month-old girl. The couple left their 6-month-old girl with Farook’s grandmother Wednesday and said they had a doctor’s appointment.
The attack took place around 11 a.m. during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The facility is a place for people with developmental disabilities.
Witness accounts say that Farook abruptly left the center and was described to be angry or upset about something. Soon after, Farook came back with his wife Malik and began to randomly shoot people with automatic rifles and handguns killing 14 people and wounding 21. The couple then escaped in a dark-colored, rented Ford SUV with Utah plates.
Law Enforcement got a lead to where Farook and his wife lived. They headed over to his home to serve a search warrant. While at the home, acting on a lead about where Farook lived — went to a home in Redlands, about 10 miles from San Bernardino, to serve a search warrant.
While they were there, a black SUV with Utah plates passed by slowly, then sped up and raced off. A police cruiser pursued it shortly after.
The pursuit ended back in San Bernardino, about 2 miles from Inland Regional. A shootout ensued, with Farook firing at officers from the vehicle while Malik drove. Soon after, Farook and Malik were killed. Twenty-three officers fired about 380 rounds at the couple, who fired back with 76 rounds. Authorities found more than 1,400 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition and more than 200 9mm rounds.
Law enforcement personnel moved in on the home in Redlands. In the home and garage, police found 12 pipe bomb-type devices, plus hundreds of tools, many of which could be used to construct improvised explosive devices, or pipe bombs.
Police also found another 2,000 9mm rounds, 2,500 .223 rifle rounds and several hundred more rifle rounds.
Law enforcement officials are working diligently on finding what the motives were behind this deadly attack. So far, authorities have uncovered that Farook was radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism. More information will come to light as Authorities uncover the motives that lead to what some are already labeling a terrorist attack.