The situation in San Bernardino, Calfi. on Wednesday is the latest mass shooting event and the 355th mass shooting of the year according to reports. While investigators scramble to piece together why the suspects opened fired at the Inland Regional Center, the information available to the public still cannot explain the root of the tragedy.
Several media outlets have crafted their account of the events based on police reports, and the names of the two suspects who were cornered and fatally shot have been released. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a husband and wife, were the only suspects found and the reports of a third suspect were found later to be incorrect.
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Farook’s brother-in-law said the pair got married two years ago, but police have not confirmed the nature of their relationship.
They have a child together and had dropped off the baby with one of their mothers, saying they had a doctor’s appointment, Council on American-Islamic Relations executive director Hussam Ayloush told ABC News.
The U.S-born Farook had worked for the county for five years, police said, adding that he was at the event earlier Wednesday but left at some point.
“He did leave the party early under some circumstances that was described as angry or something of that nature,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.
Police initially reported that there was a third suspect, but now say Farook, 28, and Malik,27, were the only two shooters involved in the attack.
Weapons recovered at the scene of the standoff between Farook, Malik and the police included two assault rifles, two semi-automatic handguns and three pipe bomb-related explosive devices. A bomb threat was also issued at an area hospital but ended without incident.
While there has been some focus on terrorism being a motive behind the attack, authorities have not concluded why Farook and Malik performed the violent act.
In an interview with CBS News that took place as the San Bernardino shooting was occuring, President Barack Obama once again called for stronger gun control laws.
“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world, and there’s some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don’t happen as frequently, common-sense gun safety laws, stronger background checks,” said Obama.