San Bernardino Killers Were Husband/Wife
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in the Southern California shooting that left 14 dead traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier this year and returned with a wife.
Co-worker Patrick Baccari says 28 year old Syed Farook was gone for about a month in the spring. When he came back word got around Farook had been married, and the woman he described as a pharmacist joined him shortly afterward. The couple had a baby later this year.
Baccari says the reserved Farook showed no signs of unusual behavior, although he grew out his beard several months ago.
Baccari said he been sitting at the same table as Farook at an office party Wednesday morning, but his co-worker suddenly disappeared, leaving his coat on his chair.
Baccari said he had stepped into the bathroom when the shooting started and suffered minor wounds from shrapnel slicing through the wall.
Police say they believe the man and woman killed in a gun battle with police after Wednesday's mass shooting were the only two shooters.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan identified the woman killed in the gun battle as 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik.
Farook was an environmental specialist with the county health department who sometimes worked at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
Burguan told reporters that Farook angrily left an office holiday party earlier Wednesday before returning with Malik.
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the couple left their baby with family Wednesday morning and never returned.
The brother-in-law of one of the suspects says he was stunned to hear of his relative's involvement in Wednesday's shooting.
Farhan Khan, who is married to the sister of Farook, spoke to reporters at the Anaheim office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Khan says he last spoke to Farook about a week ago. He added that he had "absolutely no idea why he would do this. I am shocked myself."
Khan says other family members asked him to speak at the news conference, and to express their sadness over the shootings.