2 San Bernardino Suspects Named

Syed Farook was county health employee
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2015 11:53 PM CST
Updated Dec 3, 2015 12:19 AM CST
Authorities search an area near where police stopped a suspected vehicle in San Bernardino, Calif., on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – Still no word on a motive in Wednesday's mass shooting in San Bernardino, but law enforcement sources have now identified two of the shooters as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department tweeted that Farook and Malik were the man and woman shot dead after police chased a black SUV. The Los Angeles Times reports that Farook is listed as an environmental specialist with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which was hosting the holiday party that came under attack at the Inland Regional Center. Mediaite reported earlier that Qatari national Tayyeep Bin Ardogan had been identified as a suspect, but that turned out to be a hoax.

Farook is listed as a resident of the Redlands home police chased the SUV from, reports NBC News, which notes that with 14 dead, the incident is America's deadliest mass shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Another 17 people were injured, and authorities say 10 of them are in critical condition. There have been reports that an argument at the party preceded the mass shooting, though the Times reports that Farook's brother-in-law had no explanation for the incident when he spoke at a Wednesday night Council on American-Islamic Relations press conference. "Why would he do something like that?" he said. "I have no idea. I'm in shock myself." The AP reports that authorities say that from what they can piece together, the shooters appeared to be highly organized and "on a mission." (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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