Following a shooting massacre in San Bernardino, California that left 14 dead and at least 21 wounded on Wednesday, the suspects have been identified as Syed Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27.
Hours after the massacre took place during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center where Farook was a county restaurant inspector, the couple reportedly led police on a chase where Farook fired while Malik drove. Both suspects were killed during a shootout with police.
During a press conference on Wednesday night, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Farook was at the holiday party before the shooting, but left “under some circumstances that were described as angry.” He noted that 10 to 30 minutes passed between the time Farook left the party and the time the shooting started.
“These people came prepared to do what they did as if they were on a mission,” Burguan said. “They were armed with long guns, not with handguns.”
While police have not determined a motive, Burguan said that because Farook and Malik were found wearing tactical gear and armed with assault-style rifles when they were killed, “there had to be some degree of planning.”
Police said four weapons have been recovered in connection to the shooting: two assault rifles and two semiautomatic handguns. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed that “successfully traced” the weapons, and have determined that two of the weapons were purchased legally.
Officials also claimed Farook was “apparently radicalized,” and was “in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism.”
Farhan Khan, Farook’s brother-in-law, said Farook and Malik had a 6-month-old daughter. The couple reportedly left the baby with Farook’s mother on Wednesday morning, claiming they had a doctor’s appointment.
“I just cannot express how sad I am for what happened today,” Khan said. “I am in shock that something like this could happen.”
While Burguan said he has no information on Malik’s background, he said Farook was born in the U.S. to a Pakistani family, and had been a San Bernardino County employee for five years. Relatives said Farook had traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet Malik.