Who Was Tashfeen Malik, The Killed Female Suspect In The San Bernardino Shooting?
In a live press conference late Wednesday evening, law enforcement officials provided details on the events surrounding a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Califorinia that resulted in the deaths of 14 individuals. Officials confirmed earlier reports that one of the suspected shooters who was killed during a police shootout was 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook. Authorities also confirmed that the female suspect killed in the shootout was 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik.
Authorities stated there was definitely a relationship between Malik and Farook, but it was unconfirmed whether they were married, engaged, or dating. Co-workers of Farook told the Los Angeles Times that the suspect, who worked as a food inspector for San Bernardino County's Public Health Department, had traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a wife whom he had earlier met online. One colleague, Patrick Baccari, said the couple had a baby. CNN reports the couple shared a 6-month-old daughter, who was left with a grandmother prior to the shooting. Whether or not the wife that colleagues spoke of was Malik has not yet been confirmed.
Police chief Jarrod Burguan said during the conference that there "had to be some degree of planning" prior to the shooting; witnesses interviewed by media outlets following the shooting stated that shooters were dressed in dark clothing and carried extra ammunition. Police also discovered multiple explosive devices at the center. Burguan said police were "pretty comfortable" in saying that Malik and Farook were the only two shooters involved in the attack.