Dec. 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. PST, NBC News reported the death toll of yesterday’s shooting remains at 14. However, there are now 21 people confirmed injured. The suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were married. He was born in the U.S. and she became a naturalized citizen when they married in 2013. Malik entered America from Pakistan in 2002 on a K-1 fiancée visa.
The couple left their 6-month-old daughter with his mother during the shooting incident. According to The Washington Post, Malik had set up a baby registry, called the bump, that indicated a child’s due date on May 17, 2016.
During the NBC News Update, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan stated the person who was being held for questioning last night has been cleared of involvement in the shooting incident. He was subsequently arrested, however, on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. Burguan stated the police there were several abandoned vehicles and it is believed the man ran from one of those to avoid being in the middle of the shoot-out between the suspects and police.
Since, Farook had traveled to Pakistan and returned with his, then, fiancé in 2002, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are futher investigating his motivations and whether he had been in other middle eastern countries. There were several pipe bombs devices found in the townhouse, searched last night. The FBI indicates the instructions for making this type of incendiary device can be found on ISIS websites.
The names of the deceased will be released at another press conference, tentatively scheduled at the end of today’s business. Those names released will be dependent on the identification of the deceased and the notification of their relatives.
The Public Slate will continue to update the investigation as information is released.
By Cathy Milne
NBC News Live Update
The Washington Post: Authorities pick through suspects’ path: Marriage, baby and then bloodshed
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