San Bernardino- The FBI says they now believe that the mass shooting Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, was in fact a terrorist attack. The agency claims that the couple, Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik attempted to destroy their digital footprint, including cell phones and computer hard-drives, before their deadly shooting with police.
In addition, the FBI says that Malik made a posting online in which she pledged allegiance to the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
Meanwhile, attorneys for the Farook family held a news conference late Friday to explain that the family has been working with the FBI and has been privy to some of the FBI investigation. The attorneys, Mohammad Abuershaid and David Chelsey, claim that the only evidence held by the FBI is flimsy. In fact according to Chelsey, the FBI’s belief is based upon “One Facebook posting that was made under someone else’s name and account and was made on one website that the FBI has deemed as extremist.”
The attorneys also pushed back against the media saying that the narrative of this attack being ISIS inspired is being driven by media. “When a Christian shoots up a Planned Parenthood there isn’t a rush to claim terrorism,” but when a Muslim is involved the media treats the story differently.
When pushed by reporters to explain why Farook and Malik would have targeted the center, the attorneys said that some co-workers had made fun of Farook’s beard.
As we have reported, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff the couple’s home was an ammunition stockpile. Police say they found 12 pipe bombs, 3,000 rounds of bullets and tools to used to make explosives.
Inside the Inland Region Center where the shooting took place, the couple reportedly fired between 65 and 75 rounds. Police also say they found more than 1,600 bullets inside the couple’s car.
Tashfeen Malik came to the United States in 2014 from Paskistan with her then fiancee Farook under a fiancee Visa.