via IJReview: According to the police chief for the San Bernardino Police Department, there are several reasons as to why the mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center might be terrorism-related.
During a late-night press conference on Thursday, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that one of the two suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook, had previously worked for the county health department for five years.
Burgeon added that Farook, an environmental inspector, had attended a holiday party for the department at the center but left “angry” after a dispute of some sort. Farook then returned to the center, heavily armed, with Tashfeen Malik.
He told reporters, per The New York Times:
“We are reasonably confident that we have two shooters and we have two dead suspects.”
Nonetheless, Burguan believes that “there had to be some degree of planning” involved in Wednesday’s shooting, adding:
“I don’t think they just ran home and put on these tactical clothes.”
Chief Burguan noted that he was unsure if a third, unnamed person who was also taken into custody after the police shootout was involved in the massacre.
He added that at least 20 officers were involved in that shooting, which resulted in one officer suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
Law enforcement officials also believe that Farook and Malik were romantically involved. Several family members said that the couple were married and had a 6-month-old daughter, who was reportedly left with her grandparents shortly before the deadly shooting.
David Bowdich, the assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Los Angeles Field Office, told KTLA-TV that he was unsure if the shooting was a “terrorist incident.” Nonetheless, he told the paper that FBI agents continued to search the couple’s Redlands, CA, home overnight.
“I know one of the big questions that will come up repeatedly is: Is this terrorism? I am still not willing to say that we know that for sure. It is a possibility … but we don’t know that yet.”
Fourteen people died and 17 others were injured as a result of Thursday morning’s shooting.