Investigators Find Pipe Bombs at Home of San Bernardino Mass Shooting Suspects
A man and a woman opened fire at a social services center in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, leaving 14 people dead, and more than a dozen injured, including a police officer – who is expected to recover.
Police searched the home of the suspects and say they discovered 12 pipe bombs.
Police say a device left at the social service center where the shooting happened was made up of 3 connected pipe bombs with a remote control that thankfully did not work.
Both suspects are dead after a shootout with police a few hours after the attack.
They have been identified as 28-year-old Syed Farook and his wife, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik.
Farook was a restaurant inspector for the health department. He had attended a holiday party with co-workers on Wednesday, when sources say he became angry and left.
He later returned with Malik in tactical gear with guns and explosives.
Meredith Davis of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the two suspects were each armed with a long gun and a hand gun.
All four guns used in the shooting were purchased legally in the United States – two of them by someone who is now under investigation.
Davis says investigators are now working to make a connection to the last legal purchaser.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that a potential explosive device was found at the social services facility.
Additionally, the suspects were believed to have been throwing pipe bombs out of the car during the car chase with police.
The majority of the victims of the shooting were in the conference center of the Inland Regional Center.
Police say the gunmen left the scene in a black SUV.
Police received a tip that led them to a home in Redlands, California.
Burguan had said an SUV was seen leaving the residence earlier, which led police to the shootout with the suspects, where the suspects were then shot and killed.
Officials are still uncertain about the motive behind the shooting, but they say that they have not ruled out terrorism.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has joined the investigation.
President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff confirmed there was an active shooter in the area Wednesday afternoon:
— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) December 2, 2015
The San Bernardino fire department said on Twitter they were responding to reports of a mass shooting:
SBFD units responding to reports of 20 victim shooting incident in 1300 block of S. Waterman. SBPD is working to clear the scene.
— San Bernardino Fire (@SBCityFire) December 2, 2015
The CEO of the Inland Regional Center says the gunfire happened in the conference area of a building that houses at least 25 employees and a library. The facility helps people with developmental disabilities.
The conference center was being rented by an outside group Wednesday.
In an interview with CBS News, President Barack Obama called for the country to come together to make mass shootings rare.
President Obama says there are steps we can take to reduce mass shootings in the U.S. and that they should never be thought of as a normal part of life.
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