Authorities are looking to determine if a couple accused of killing 14 people in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, has links to Islamic State.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a shootout with police after Wednesday’s massacre at the Inland Regional Centre – a social services agency where Farook worked as an inspector. The couple had a 6-month-old daughter together.
Officials in Washington said so far there was no hard evidence of a direct connection between the shooters and any militant group abroad.
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Authorities have raided a townhouse believed to have been used by the couple. It’s reported they were searching for electronic devices that could show if they had been browsing on Jihadist websites or social media.
“Rest assured that we will get to the bottom of this,” President Barack Obama said at the White House, adding that the FBI was taking over the investigation.There are claims Farook had been ‘radicalised’ although President Obama was careful not to jump to conclusions.
“It is possible that this was terrorist-related. But we don’t know,” Obama told reporters. “It is also possible that this was workplace-related.”
Farook has been described by those who knew him as a quiet devout Muslim.
Media reports suggest he recently travelled to Saudi Arabia for religious reasons.
Work colleagues say his personality changed noticeably about six months ago.
Police also confirmed that 21 people were wounded following the shooting, four more than previously stated. Ten people remain at two local hospitals, two in critical but stable condition, three in fair condition and five in stable condition.
The San Bernardino rampage was the deadliest US shooting incident since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in which 27 people, including the gunman, were killed.
There have been more than 350 shootings this year in which four or more people were wounded or killed in the United States, according to the crowd-sourced website shootingtracker.com, which keeps a running tally of US gun violence.