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Syed Farook: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Syed Farook’s driver’s license photo. (California DMV)

A husband and wife left their 6-month-old daughter with her grandmother before they went to an office holiday party and opened fire on the husband’s co-workers, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, were later killed in a gun battle with police.

The shooting happened about 11 a.m. December 2 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, where the county public health department, where Farook worked as a health inspector, was holding a party.

The couple were killed about 3 p.m., following a police chase that began at a house in Redlands, about 15 minutes away from the scene of the shooting.

Witnesses said there were three shooters, but police said they now believe there were only two gunmen.

Farook was born in the United States and his parents are from Pakistan. Malik was from Pakistan.

The FBI has said they are now investigating the case as terrorism.

The 14 victims have been identified by the coroner’s office. You can read about them here.

Here’s what we know so far about Farook and the shooting:


1. Farook’s Co-Workers Said He Came to the Party & Then Left Angrily

The shooting occurred during a Christmas party being held by the San Bernardino County public health department, which had rented a room at the Inland Regional Center.

Syed Farook is listed as a state employee who works as an environmental health specialist in San Bernardino. He has worked there for five years, police said.

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His brother, who has the same first name but a different middle name, is also a state employee. He works for the Board of Equalization as a business tax representative. He was at work at the time of the shooting, according to their brother-in-law.

The name was used on police broadcasts as a possible suspect in the moments after the shooting. A witness said he had left the party and returned with another person and began shooting.

At about 11:40 a.m., an officer told dispatchers a witness said a male left the building “out of the blue,” and 20 minutes later the shooting started. The witness said he matched the physical description of one of the shooters and was acting nervous before leaving.

The Los Angeles Times, citing federal law enforcement sources, says one of the gunmen may have been at the Inland Regional Center earlier in the day and after leaving angrily, returned with one or two other men:

The New York Times is also reporting the shooting may have been related to a workplace-dispute:

Police say they have not confirmed a motive for the shooting, but confirmed that Farook was at the party and left in a way described as “angrily” by witnesses. Police tracked the suspects from those witness reports. Police also said they believe there was some planning involved, because of the amount of equipment used.

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Tashfeen Malik was killed by police along with Syed Farook after the Inland Regional Center shooting in San Bernardino, California, on December 2.

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2. He Was ‘Radicalized’ & Communicated With a Terrorism Suspect Before the Shooting

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Farook shown in a photo from a dating website.

According to CNN, Farook was radicalized and had been in contact with at least one person being investigated for terrorism, both by phone and on social media, prior to the shooting.

The FBI has said it is investigating whether international terrorism played a role in the shooting, but said it is too early to say anything definitive.

FBI agents are also digging into the background of Tashfeen Malik.

The FBI says she posted messages pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader on her Facebook page prior to the shooting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, investigators are leaning toward a combined motive of workplace conflicts and terrorism.

“We’re very involved in terms of trying to see if the motive was something inspired by a terrorist organization or directed by a terrorist organization, or whether he was self-radicalized,” a source told the LA Times.

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3. His Father Says Farook Was ‘Very Religious’

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Syed Farook (imilap.com)

Farook’s father, who was not named, told the New York Daily News his son was Muslim and “very religious.” He who would leave work to pray and then go back, his father said.

He told the newspaper his son was a health technician, inspecting restaurants and hotels for the health department.

A screengrab from one of Farook's inspection reports. (San Bernardino County)

A screengrab from one of Farook’s inspection reports. (San Bernardino County)

“I haven’t heard anything. He worked in a county office,” Farook’s father told the Daily News. “He’s married and has a kid. We’re estranged because my wife got the divorce, and they are together. She doesn’t want to see me.”

Farook graduated from California State University San Bernardino with a degree in environmental health in 2009.

A former co-worker, Griselda Reisinger, told the Los Angeles Times he was “very quiet.”

She said he attended last year’s holiday party, which was held in the same conference room. Reisinger told the newspaper her former colleagues held a baby shower for him and he recently returned from paternity leave.

“I would say hi and bye, but we never engaged him in conversation. He didn’t say much at all,” Reisinger said.

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4. He Traveled Abroad Last Year & Came Back With His Wife

Farook took a trip to a foreign country in June 2014 and came back with his wife, the FBI says. They now have a 6-month-old baby. His wife, Tashfeen Malik, is from Pakistan and living in the United States on a K-1 visa, because she returned as Farook’s fiancee, with a Pakistani passport.

He told co-workers his wife was a pharmacist who he met online.

Patrick Baccari, who shared a cubicle with Farook, told the Los Angeles Times the couple appeared to be ” “living the American dream.”

Farhan Khan, who is married to Farook’s sister, said at a press conference he has “absolutely no idea why he would do this. I am shocked myself.”

Farook had a profile on a dating website, which was set up when he was 22. The profile on imilap.com says he is looking for marriage.

The profile says, Farook was from a “religios (sic) but modern family of 4, 2girls 2boys.” He says his family’s values are a “Eastern and Western Mix.”

His interests were listed as “working on vintage and modern cars,” reading religious books, “eating out sometimes,” travel, “and just hang out in back yard doing target practice with younger sister and friends.”

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On another dating website, Dubai Matriomonial, he says he is a Sunni Muslim.

(Dubai Matrimonial)

(Dubai Matrimonial)

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5. Police Found 12 Pipe Bombs & Thousands of Rounds of Ammo at the Couple’s Home

A broken window and crushed fence are seen at a home in Redlands, California linked to the San Bernardino shooting suspects after a SWAT team went in to investigate. (Getty)

A broken window and crushed fence are seen at a home in Redlands, California linked to the San Bernardino shooting suspects after a SWAT team went in to investigate. (Getty)

Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the couple was found after police followed leads to a house in Redlands, California, about 15 minutes away from the shooting scene. Officers saw a vehicle matching one suspected of being involved in the shooting. They followed the vehicle and a chase began. At the end of a chase, officers were fired upon by the suspects in the car, and returned fire.

The couple fired more than 100 rounds at the party and more than 100 more during the police shootout.

Burguan said the suspects, wearing “assault-style” tactical clothing and armed with assault rifles and handguns, died at the scene of the shootout in San Bernardino.

Police said they used assault rifles and handguns during the attack on the party, and were wearing vests to carry their ammunition. An explosive made of three pipe bombs tied together with a remote detonator was found at the Inland Regional Center.

Police served a search warrant at the home in Redlands the Redlands Daily Facts reports. The home is near Center Street and Pine Avenue and is were the police chase began.

Police said they found thousands of rounds of ammunition in that home, along with 12 pipe bombs and other items used to make explosives.

The house was still being searched Thursday morning.

Burguan said the couple had enough ammunition and explosives for another attack.

Two of the guns were purchased by Enrique Marquez, Syed Farook’s childhood friend. The guns were bought three years ago. The FBI raided Marquez’s home, and he has checked into a mental health facility. Read more about Marquez at the link below:

Enrique Marquez: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A childhood friend of Syed Farook who purchased the two rifles used in the San Bernardino terror attack has been arrested.

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You can read about Syed Farook in Spanish at our sister site, Ahora Mismo:

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Editor’s Note: In an earlier version of this story, the gunman was identified as Sayeed Farouk. Photos previously used in this article were of Syed Farook’s brother, who has the same name, but a different middle name as the San Bernardino shooting suspect.

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371 comments

  1. Maybe I am way off the bar, but, as a Viet Nam Vet, I see us experiencing Viet Nam in real time. We not only used questionable methods to infiltrate, we taught them how to do the same thing.

    Anyone with any tie to that “conflict”, could use those methods to build a force to infiltrate us. Look at the attacks. Random – no pattern. We did that. We used our so-called “new friends”
    to gather info that would lead to more random attacks. Think about it. We let them in – we pay for our “forgetfulness” of the past we created.

    I am proud to be a Viet Nam Vet. The people wanted us there. The Vietnamese government used us to prosper. Look at Da Nang, or Can Tho today. Others, Islamic terrorists, are using us for a far more dreadful purpose. I fought overseas for our country. I don’t want our young people to have to fight from within.

    We need to take action – to protect the United States of America. Not Japan, Korea, France, Germany or Viet Nam. We need to protect us.

    I personally don’t care who is the next President – Democrat or Republican. As long as that person has our country, The United States of America, foremost on his, or her, list. Economy be damned! If we can’t live free, as we have been accustomed to, without fear of attack, why are we here? We could be in any country in the world. What is the difference?

    When our forefathers came to Ellis Island, there was not a threat of our country being lost. The technology was not there. People wanted to work. Not so much today. If we let everybody
    in, without question, what chance do we have to “thin out” the ones who might put our people at risk?

    There are times when you have to “cut the cord.” This is one.

    I’m praying to God ( maybe not politically correct – but, nothing could be more correct, as far as I’m concerned) that, once again, we have the strength, and faith, to stand up for what we believe. It only means our lives.

    • You did not fight overseas for our country. You fought so France could keep a colony in Asia after colonial days had ended for their profit. Vietnam had not attacked us. The last time US soldiers fought for us in a righteous war was World War II after we had been attacked.

      • Yes, you are right…and virgin’s don’t get pregnant…. but it’s pointless to tell Catholics or Christians that fact. If he believes the lie told to him, is committed to and has sacrifice for that lie knowing the truth becomes to uncomfortable.

        The truth about people is, people are not motivated by facts, they are motivated by the careful manipulation of emotion. People confuse feelings with knowledge. Which is not going to change, it is how rulers rule everywhere in the world.

      • You don’t even know what you are talking about : France got out of Vietnam in 1954 and there was no way the french could have taken advantage of an hypothetical american victory in the Vietnam war

    • I think you are unfairly generalizing (We let them in). It is unclear what you mean when by “they”.

      The Vietnam War was another terrible chapter in the US war book. Thousands of innocent lives lost. There is no pride in that. However if you were drafted and forced to engage in that violence then the US owes you a big apology.

      The best action from the US and other powerful countries is to stop bombing and engage and help the people affected by the terrorists. More bombs and violence will result in more resentment and more attacks.

      People still want to work. Immigration tends to be a very positive force for any country.

    • If you live in a country that tends to get into conflict with Middle Eastern countries and Muslims, why would you not expect an attack like these? If you don’t want to be attacked yourselves, don’t attack people in Middle Eastern countries. Pretty simple concept. Those who live by the sword die by the sword. And all death is terrible, but everyone who supports how the U.S. government uses its military shares the responsibility for these kind of things happening.

  2. So “radicalized” is supposed to have an obvious meaning, and can be used as a description to mean… something. I always am wary about news sources alleging another news source for their assertions. Do you have any specific examples or facts from Sayed Farook’s life, significantly different from someone else (aside from having communicated with someone else suspected of terrorist ties) that illustrate how he was “radicalized”?

  3. When we start “thinning out” America, does that include crazy white guys too? How about anyone that has more than one gun?

  4. This was NOT a “terrorist” attack. This was an American citizen who went postal at some people at work, got angry at the office party, left and went home and got weapons and his wife and came back to shoot the people who ticked him off. There was no third person, just he and his wife. This does not fit the definition of terrorist.

    • terrilynnmerritts: You are regurgitating the Liberal Slop FED to you from some progressive, lib college. Use some real critical thinking, you fool. The threat in Vietnam was and IS communism. Guess WHO are supplying the AK’s and weapons to these radical Islamist’s? Russia and Red China. They don’t even bother to do it covertly anymore. They openly supply arms to any crazy sect that may cause damage to America. Try reading some books on the subject of Viet Nam. I suggest “First They Killed my Father” by Loung Ung.
      Maybe you might grow some cognitive skills.

    • Definitely not terrorist. Just your everyday American family with thousands of rounds of ammunition and 12 pipe bombs and other explosives at home. Is that what your stocking in your cupboards?

  5. Sayed Farook was a lawful, responsible American citizen gun owner on Tuesday, the day before the massacre.
    Should we ban all Muslims, including U.S. Citizen Muslims from owning guns? Why stop there? What about all religious fanatics? Shouldn’t we simply ban all assault rifles and semi-automatics – Particularly if terrorists might get their hands on these weapons of mass destruction? So if you adamantly refuse to support gun regulations, including sensible measures to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, then to quote GWB: you’re either with us or with terrorists.
    Ergo: the NRA and GOP are pro terrorists.

    • Note to the naïve, misled, liberals posting Here.

      We need to wipe the liberal Stardust out of our liberal eyes and SEE that Islam is NOT a religion of peace at all. Never was, never will be. In fact, in the truest sense it is not a religion at all. Knowing God, trying to be good, or following God’s goodness, worshiping God, or our Higher Power is NOT islam’s goal at all.
      islam is a political organization. Its goal is building world power and domination through bullying, breeding, and terrorrism. It is an insane, warring sect of ancient tribal nomads that got organized around the 5th Century A.D. by an illiterate PEDOPHILE named Mohammed. Here is a telling example of his character: He married his favorite wife when she was 9 – that’s NINE years old.

      Most of us Americans don’t realize how many millions of poor, ignorant, uneducated, middle Eastern dupes there are who have been brainwashed by generations of indoctrination from this sick, evil pseudo-religion forced upon them by their Islamic controlled governments. They are so poor that the opportunity to leave a monetary stipend to their family by blowing themselves UP – along with hundreds of innocent victims – is actually a realistic option.

      It is a damn shame that our dumb U.S. government is swigging from the politically correct punch bowl and continuing this LIE that islam is a “religion of peace”. Ha, it is anything but. And to reply to the Viet Nam Veteran who suggested that we better secure our own borders and keep the integrity of our American/Free Market/Christian built soil safe by restricting Muslim immigrants – What a BRILLIANT and simple idea, my fellow American. It’s too bad our dumb, blind democrat-run federal government cannot realize this too. America Wake UP!

      • Hate to be the one to break this to you but in the bible it was common to marry of children as young as 3 years old AND consummate the marriage as soon as she started her cycle anywhere from 9 to 12 years old… SO if you want to bring that up, you should at least be honest about that fact… Also you need to remember that this country was founded, in part, on FREEDOM OF RELIGION not to be a Christian nation…

    • “Outlaw guns and the only people with guns will be Outlaws”

      That terrorist had PIPE BOMBS. Homemade pipe bombs, not just guns. In his sick, brainwashed mind he is at war. And your theory is 100% INcorrect. If the U.S stupidly banned guns. The ONLY people with guns would be nut-case terrorists like Syed Farook and his idiot wife. They buy them illegally from arms dealers. You need an education, son.

    • “Should we just ban all assault rifles?”

      Well, California already HAS an “assault rifle” ban, and a ban on “high capacity” magazines…aww Hell, California has the strictest gun-control laws in the country…and it did NOTHING to prevent this shooting, it did NOTHING to prevent the North Hollywood Shootout back in the 90s (I’m sure you will have to Google it), and it does NOTHING to prevent the thousands of GANG RELATED shootings that occur in SoCal every year.

      So the fact that he even OWNED an “assault rifle” and “high cap magazines” in the first place makes him guilty of felonies under California law. By the way, the shooting happened in a government office, which is a GUN FREE ZONE, so yeah, he wasn’t a “law abiding citizen” in any sense of the term.

      I’ll give your mind a few seconds to digest that information.

      In closing, it is not the availability of a certain type of firearms, or magazines that are responsible for this horrific massacre, it is liberal minded pukes like yourselves, that aim to strip away the right of Americans to own firearms and defend themselves, that are to blame. The ONE thing that Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Columbine, and 99.9% of other mass shootings all have in common is the fact that they occurred in GUN FREE ZONES. Had a teacher at Sandy Hook, Columbine, or Virginia Tech been armed, those children may be alive today. Had a theater patron in Aurora been “packing heat” Adam Lanza would be dead and his victims may still be alive.

      Stronger gun control does nothing but create more defenseless victims. In states that have strong gun control laws (CA, NJ, NY, IL, etc) the rate of violent crime is dramatically higher than states with a more friendly or accepting attitude toward firearms. The research is there,you just have to read it.

  6. I put the blame for this tragedy squarely on the shoulders of Teddy Kennedy who, along with that satan LBJ, dropped the “favored nations status that northern European immigrants, who basically built this country, enjoyed . They turned our immigration laws completely around so that it favored third world scum most of whom hate this country and are here to rip us off however they can.The result 50 years on is a shattered and demoralized America being overrun by thieves and potential terrorists.May those two politicos burn in hell.

    • You ROCK, Steve. Thank you for pointing out that we are now in this pickle because of too many decades of dumb, secular humanistic, liberal politics watering down the strength and integrity of our blessed America. P.S. Christian America.

      • Wrong. This has nothing to with a particular political position. This has to do with North American countries meddling in the Middle East – there is a long history of this from liberals and conservatives. This has nothing to do with the Christian faith so don’t use the name of my God to support your naive point of view, thank you very much

  7. Time to stop muslim immigration and start deporting all those who immigrated. If you have a ship with some contagious disease outbreak, you also quarantine everyone and don’t let them disembark. Since we don’t know which muslims are terrorists and 99% of terrorists are muslims, we should round all of them up.

    • 99% of terrorists are not Muslim. Look at the actual statistics. The largest number of terrorists are separatists . Religion is a reason some use for terrorism…. But not most. Most are politically motivated, racially motivated, and ethnically motivated.

  8. They were Muslim terrorists. Can we all just admit that now? MUSLIM, ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. Don’t feel Islamophobic in the slightest.

    • Thank you Wil, for naming the Elephant in the living room. I say DEPORT THEM ALL. And close the borders. And I know I am not islamophobic in the slightest. I am observant, intuitive, intelligent and not afraid to call it what it is. We may have the beginning of WW III starting here. The islamaterrrorists are BEGGING for a fight. I think it is time to give it to them.

      Just THINK how much shorter Hitler’s reign might have been and how many millions of lives might have been saved if Roosevelt had joined the fight earlier instead of d****ng around for two years before committing.

  9. This piece of snot was the health inspector at my workplace one time this past June. Like fuck that just scares the shit out of me that i was in the same room as a psychopath!😰

  10. This piece of snot was the health inspector at my workplace one time this past June. Like fuck that just scares the shit out of me that i was in the same room as a psychopath!😰😰

  11. i dont belive both of person .these picters are no showing terrorist persons i dont know why?may b they are ,but the pictures show normal citizen.