Police in San Bernardino, California, tracked down and killed the two suspects who murdered 14 and injured another 17 at a holiday office party for county employees.
A few hours following a mass shooting an a holiday office party in San Bernardino, Calif., police tracked down and killed the two suspects involved in a shooting that left 14 people dead. Several miles from where the party had been happening police cornered the two suspects, Tashfeen Malik,27, and Syed Farook, 28, who decided to shoot it out rather than be taken alive. They were both killed by police.
The murders happened at the Inland Regional Center, according to The Washington Post. The center is a complex of three buildings that serves the community’s citizens with developmental disabilities. The auditorium had been rented out for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health annual holiday party. The two suspects entered the auditorium brandishing automatic weapons and wearing black face masks and military style tactical gear and began shooting.
The police responded and began a hunt for the suspects that lasted for four hours. People cleared the streets and stayed inside as police followed the suspects to nearby Redlands and then back to San Bernardino where the final showdown happened. Farook had worked as a health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, but police know nothing of Malik. Police said Malik was the wife of Farook and they lived in town with a daughter.
Farook was, apparently, at the office party but was said to have abruptly left in anger that was not understood by anyone at the party. While police are not discussing motive, they believe that the attack had been planned in advance. Police reason that the two broke into the party in full tactical gear with many advanced weapons which could not possibly have been a spur of the moment plan.
According to people who knew him, Farook was a good employee who posed no problems. He had gone to Saudi Arabia and had returned with a wife he said he had met online. No one ever saw Farook as someone holding a grudge of looking to carry out some manner of mass murder.