by Austin Lin
There was a Christmas gathering in Southern California. - The shooting has left 14 people killed, 10 in critical condition and 21 people wounded. Suspects, Syed Farook, 28 and Tashfeen Malik, 27 died in a shootout with authorities after a police chase and gun battle. They both have no previous arrests or warrants and was not on the watch-list within the police department.
The individuals were at the celebration and later came back in military gear and assault weapons. With the weapons, they were also carrying thousands of ammunition. They entered through the auditorium on campus that was for the social services agency. During the shootout, the couple also had bombs lying around that police had detonated. As they opened fire, they hit a pipe causing the water sprinklers to go off. They quickly rushed to their Ford Expedition and left their gear in the auditorium which contained a pipe bomb. The remote detonator was in the vehicle and later malfunctioned.
As they left, police looked into their record and found where they lived. Hours later the couple came up and sped off causing a police chase. They later stopped at San Bernardino Avenue, a few miles away from the massacre where the couple and police exchanged gun battle. They shot 76 rounds, while the police shot 380 rounds.
Police later found that they had 1600 more rounds when they were deceased. Police recovered assault weapons and pistols that were legally purchased, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
Police had first thought there was a third suspect and did a house to house sweep. Police had identified this as planned and organized for quite some time.
This left many families afraid to let their children's out and left concerns to the whole neighborhood and miles of neighboring surrounding areas.
After the incident and the cleanup, police are trying to find out the motive of the shooting. Authorities has also questioned if this was a terrorist attack of some sort. Farook is a United States citizen, while Malik is from Pakistan in the U.S. on a visa. Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan last year and found Malik online. They later got married. The two were not on the watch list, but a senior law enforcement official said Farook was in-contact with persons of interest that were tied to an act of terrorism. A co-worker that went to college with him said that he got along with everyone, but he also kept his distance.
FBI later took over and the assistant director in charge of the LA office said on Thursday on December 3, that they could not find anything tied as to why the shooting took place. There were many facts that led to this, such as targeting people they know, a city that most people can not find on a map, and a workplace environment.
President Obama has said that it could be a terrorist-related event, but as of current, the authorities are still not sure.