Syed Farook (not Farook Syed as originally reported) has been identified as one of the suspected gunmen in the Wednesday morning shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, according to CBS News.
Heavy At least two gunmen killed at least 14 people and wounded at least 17 others, before being killed after a police chase. Witnesses said there were three shooters, but police are not sure if there is another gunman on the loose. According to NBC News, Farook’s brother was also involved in the shooting.
Farook is citizen of the United States, NBC News reports. It’s not known if the man and woman were related or how they knew each other. Here’s what we know so far about Farook and the shooting:
A man named Syed Farook is listed as a state employee who works as an environmental health specialist in San Bernardino.
The name was used on police broadcasts as a possible suspect in the moments after the shooting. A witness said he had left the party and returned with another person and began shooting. The Los Angeles Times, citing federal law enforcement sources, says one of the gunmen may have been at the Inland Regional Center earlier in the day and after leaving angrily, returned with one or two other men.
His father says Farook was ‘very religious ’ & was a health inspector. The father, who was not named, told the New York Daily News his son was Muslim and “very religious” who would leave work to pray and then go back.
He told the newspaper his son was a health technician, inspecting restaurants and hotels for the health department. “I haven’t heard anything. He worked in a county office,” Farook’s father told the Daily News. “He’s married and has a kid. We’re estranged because my wife got the divorce, and they are together. She doesn’t want to see me.”
A former co-worker, Griselda Reisinger, told the Los Angeles Times he was “very quiet.”
She said he attended last year’s holiday party, which was held in the same conference room. Reisinger told the newspaper her former colleagues held a baby shower for him and he recently returned from paternity leave. “I would say hi and bye, but we never engaged him in conversation. He didn’t say much at all,” Reisinger said.
UK Telegraph Farook’s name first emerged after three masked shooters opened fire at the party. Over a radio transmission, an officer could be heard telling a dispatcher that Farook was “acting nervous” and had walked out of the party 20 minutes before the shooting began. Other reports suggested he had been asked to leave.
The attackers were armed with handguns and rifles, and were dressed in camouflage clothing.
Meredith Davis, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, told NBC News: “With my experience with other mass shootings, there are indicators that this was well planned out. “It was to be violent in nature.
“They were in tactical gear, I don’t know if they had ballistic protection… And had several several magazines full of ammunition fashioned to their bodies. So they were ready for a gunfight should that occur.”
And so a bunch of baffled people are confused as to why the devout Muslim started killing them after he grew a beard and put on religious clothing?
Daniel Greenfield If we had sensible profiling for terrorists, suddenly adopting Salafist habits would be a warning sign of “Sudden Jihad Syndrome”. But we have a political leadership that insists Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.
And so a bunch of baffled people are confused as to why the devout Muslim started killing them.
“He was quiet but always polite,” Maria Gutierrez told The News. “Maybe two years ago he became more religious. He grew a beard and started to wear religious clothing. The long shirt that’s like a dress and the cap on his head.”
So we’ve learned nothing from Nidal Hassan and a list of similar killers.