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Police confirm identity of dead suspects, say male shooter was county employee

A photo of the SUV driven by the suspects is seen following a "gun battle" with police

Law enforcement officials Wednesday night identified the man and woman suspected of carrying out the attack that killed 14 people, injuring 17 others at an office building in San Bernardino, California.

Syed Rizwan Farook - a 28-year-old U.S. born citizen - and Tashfeen Malik - a 27-year-old woman - died after a confrontation with police.


According to SBPD Chief Jarrod Burguan, Farook worked as an environmental specialist for the county's public health department for the past five years. He was at the Christmas party earlier in the day with his co-workers when he left "angry."

Police say Farook returned to the building with Malik, who they identified as his wife or girlfriend, armed with "assault style" firearms, shooting and killing people.

The identity of the victims was not released Wednesday night.


Chief Burguan said the couple fled the building before police arrived, but authorities later caught up with them, leading 20 to 21 officers to engage in a "gun battle" that left the two suspects dead.


A third suspect reportedly seen running near the gun battle was detained but they have said it is unclear if that person had anything to do with the shooting.

The bomb squad spent Wednesday evening disabling what Chief Burguan described as "pipe bomb type" explosives at a home where investigators executed a search warrant.

"We have not ruled out terrorism," he said, explaining that investigators have not pinpointed a motive for the attack.

Farhan Khan, Farook's brother-in-law, spoke at a press conference held by the Council of American Islamic Relations.

"I just cannot express how sad I am for what happened today," he said. "My condolences to the people who lost their life. I am in shock that something like this could happen."

Khan declined to speculate on a possible motive. Khan is married to Farook's sister.


"I have no idea why he would do something like this. I am in shock myself," he said.

Kahn said he last spoke to Farook about a week ago.

At the same press conference, Muslim faith leaders representing the Islamic Society of Orange County denounced the violence.

"On behalf of our communities I want to express our sadness and sorrow on this tragedy that happened in San Bernardino. We pray to God to bless them," Muzammil Siddiqui said. "Our faith is against this kind of behavior."

According to CNN, officials with the ATF confirm two of the guns were purchased by one of the suspects.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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