UPDATE: Police fatally shot Syed Rizwan Farook, 28 and Tashfeen Malik, 27 in connection with the mass shooting at a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health holiday party. Farook, a U.S. citizen was a health inspector for the county. He attended the festivities but was visibly upset when he left early. He returned with Malik and a third unidentified suspect who fled the scene but has since been apprehended.
According to The Washington Post, the San Bernardino incident is the 355th shooting this year. It is also the most deadliest since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre which took place in December 2012.
The motive behind Farook and Malik’s actions are presently unknown. Police also know little about Malik’s background but presume she was either his wife of fianceé. Authorities do believe the incident was “too well-prepared” to have been a spur of the moment occurrence.
“Based upon what we have seen and how they were equipped, there had to be some degree of planning that went into this,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan. “I don’t think they grabbed the guns and tactical gear on a spur-of-the-moment thing.”
Within five minutes of the first shots, police were notified and swarmed the public health building. However, the assailants were able to escape via a black SUV and eluded the police for several hours. Following an anonymous tip, police found the couple in Redlands, CA where Farook is a property owner. The pair led a police chase into a residential neighborhood of San Bernardino where they opened fire and injured one officer.
Over twenty police officers riddled the assailants SUV with bullets and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
Stay tuned for the latest developments.
Police in San Bernardino, California responded to reports that 20 people were shot at a social services office Wednesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times report.
Authorities are searching for up to three “active shooters.” The suspects are said to be heavily armed and are possibly wearing body armor, according to San Bernardino Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Vicki Cervantes.
The social service office, which houses the Inland Regional Center, provides services to disabled adults. Shots were first reported around 11 a.m. PT.
This is an active situation. We will keep you updated with the latest.