Even as the massacre unfolded yesterday in San Bernardino, one thing immediately striking to many who watched was just how “jocked up” the perpetrators were with tac gear — to include body armor, various weapons, ammo, masks – even cameras.And today, as investigators continue to dig into the evidence, they’ve revealed the jaw-dropping weapons and ammunition the killers left behind, which only begs the question: what even more widespread terror might they have been planning?
As The Washington Times reports:
Fifteen pipe bombs and thousands of rounds of ammunition were recovered by authorities investigating the husband and wife team who stormed a workplace holiday party in a San Bernardino and opened fire, killing 14 people and injuring 21, officials said Thursday.
Investigators found many of the items during a search of a residence that was rented by the two suspects, 28-year-old Syed R. Farook and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, who were both killed in a firefight with police as they fled the home.Authorities declined to say Thursday whether the shooting spree at the Inland Regional Center was motivated by terrorism, but San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said the attack had some obvious evidence of pre-planning.
“There appears to be a degree of planning that went into this,” Chief Burguan said. “Nobody just gets upset at a party and goes home and plans an attack like that.”
Between 65 and 75 firearms casings were recovered at the regional center along with three pipe bombs that were conjoined together as one explosive device.“They sprayed the room with bullets, I don’t know that there was any one person they targeted,” the chief said.
It remained unclear whether a county government holiday party at the Inland Regional Center was the target of the attack, or if the suspects had additional plans.Yes, I’m speculating here, but don’t you have to wonder why else there was such a stockpile of bombs and ammunition — unless intended to inflict more widespread terror?
Inside the home rented by the couple, officials found 12 explosive devices, additional bomb making materials, and more than 4,500 rounds of ammunition for various firearms.
“This is not your average investigation,” FBI David Bowdich said mentioning the multiple crime scenes, victims and recovered evidence. “It will take time.”
At Thursday’s press conference, officials also released a few new details about the suspects – including that Mr. Farook, a U.S. citizen, had travelled to Pakistan and returned to the U.S. in July 2014. Ms. Malik had come to the U.S. on a visa from Pakistan with him.
As FBI official Bowdich noted, this is not your average investigation — and certainly not your average “mass shooting.”
And the shocking materials the killers left behind beg another question, how on earth can anyone still be suggesting “workplace violence” with a straight face?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]