A heavily armed man and woman terrorized San Bernardino on Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding at least 21 at a social services center before leading the police on a manhunt culminating in a shootout that left the two suspects dead.
It was the nation’s worst mass shooting since the assault on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., nearly three years ago.
The San Bernardino Police Department identified the two as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27. It was not clear if a third person taken into custody after the shootout with the police was involved.
Here’s the latest news from today about the shooting:
• CNN is reporting the suspect Syed Farook “was apparently radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism,” citing “law enforcement officials.”
• The number of wounded has increased from 17 to 21.
• The suspects had about 1,600 rounds of ammunition with them during the shootout at the SUV on Wednesday, including about 1,400 .223-caliber rounds for the assault rifles, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said at an afternoon news conference.
• Law enforcement found more than 4,500 ammunition rounds at the suspects’ townhouse and garage, as well as 12 pipe bombs and other bomb-making material. The suspects were “clearly equipped” and could have done another attack, Burguan said.
• During the shootout at the SUV on Wednesday, 23 law enforcement officers from seven agencies at the scene fired about 380 rounds at the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects fired about 76 rounds back, Burguan said.
• Farook came back into the United States in July 2014 with Tashfeen Malik, who was not his wife at the time. He did travel to Pakistan at some point, authorities said. Malik was in the U.S. on a K1 visa through a Pakistani passport.
• At the Inland Regional Center scene, the suspects “sprayed the room” with 65 to 75 rounds and had four high-capacity magazines with them, police said. They also had three pipe bombs combined together into one bomb, which was hooked up to a remote-control device.
• Law enforcement officials say they still don’t know the suspects’ motive.
• Authorities are analyzing digital media from the suspects’ computers, thumb drives and cell phones which they hope will help uncover the motive.
• The person who was detained Wednesday by police is not a suspect and was not involved, the police investigation has determined.
Here’s what we already know:About the suspects:
• Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were killed during a shootout with police on Wednesday.
• Farook was born in Illinois and his parents are from Pakistan, according to the New York Times.
• They left their 6-month-old daughter with Farook’s mother, with the couple saying they were going to a doctor’s appointment, according to the New York Times and Reuters.
• Police raided Farook’s townhouse, the New York Times said.
About the victims:
• 14 people were killed and 17 were wounded in Wednesday’s shooting at the Inland Regional Center, a state-run facility for individuals with developmental disabilities, according to NBC News.
• The mass shooting happened during a staff holiday party for the county health department.
• Families of injured shooting victims share the stories of their relatives survival with CBS News.
• Officials at Loma Linda University Medical Center, one of the region’s hospitals, said two of its patients who were shooting victims were in critical condition, while three others were in fair condition, according to ABC7 in Southern California.
About the investigation:
• Law enforcement officials have said the motive for the attack remains unclear. According to the Wall Street Journal, David Bowdich, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles office, said terrorism “is a possibility, but we don’t know that yet, and we’re not willing to go down that road yet.”
• The New York Times, citing a senior American official, reports that Farook “had not been the target of any active terrorism investigation, and that he was not someone the bureau had been concerned about before Wednesday’s attack.” Citing “other officials,” the Times also reported “the F.B.I. was looking into a possible connection between Mr. Farook and at least one person who was investigated for terrorism a few years ago.”
• Citing police officials, the Los Angeles Times reported the assault rifles were a .223-caliber DPMS Model A15 and a Smith and Wesson M&P15. One of the handguns was manufactured by Llama, and the other by Smith and Wesson.
• Speaking from the White House on Thursday morning, President Obama said the motive for the shooting remains unclear. “It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know. It’s also possible that this was workplace-related,” Obama said.
• Here’s a timeline of Wednesday’s events, via the Los Angeles Times.
• The New York Times has maps and graphics showing how Wednesday’s events unfolded.
• PBS published a map of all the mass shootings in the U.S. this year.
• Here’s the latest wrap-up story from the news wires.
• The next news conference will happen at 7 or 8 p.m. EST.