A short overview on the San Bernardino shooting

By: Ashwini Selvakumaran

There have been so many shootings in such little time, that it breaks my heart. Here's what we know so far according to the LA Times about the shooting.


Key developments 

  • Two assailants opened fire in San Bernardino at a holiday party in the Inland Regional Center around 11 a.m. Wednesday.   
  • Fourteen people were killed  and 21 wounded, most of them county employees. The Times is  collecting their stories. 
  • The  two attackers,  who were married, were killed in a gun battle with police. They were U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook and Pakistan national Tashfeen Malik, and had an  arsenal of ammunition and pipe bombs in their Redlands home. 
  • There is no sign the couple were part of a terrorist network, officials said, but it is officially   investigating the shooting as terrorism.   Federal law enforcement sources say the attack might also be workplace related.  
  • Officials said   Malik pledged allegiance to Islamic State   in a Facebook post and Farook had contact with people from at least two terrorist organizations overseas. A radio station and website associated with Islamic State claimed the couple were  supporters of the militant group  .  
  • Malik was a onetime "modern girl" who became religious during college and then began posting extremist messages on Facebook after arriving in the U.S., a family member in Pakistan  told  The Times. 
  • President Obama will give a  rare address  from the Oval Office on Sunday at 5 p.m. Pacific time, 8 p.m. Eastern time. 

The two attackers, Farook and Malik were married and had a six month old baby. Farook, who worked as an inspector for the city's environmental health department, was the son of Pakistani immigrants and born in the US state of Illinois. Police said between 75 and 80 people were attending a party at the centre when the shooting began. the FBI suspects that these were terrorist encouraged acts. 

More to come on this updating story.



Updates

8:04 p.m. update: President Obama says "this was an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people." This is the first time Obama has referred to this act as one of terrorism.
8:08 p.m. update: Obama says the "threat from terror is real but we will overcome it." He pledges to "destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us."
    8:08 p.m. ET update: Obama also pledges to review visa waiver program, urges Congress to reassess gun laws


    Obama's final point? "The U.S. should not engage in a "long and costly ground war." He argues that ISIS "does not speak for Islam."

    -Ashwini Selvakumaran

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