Police say 12 pipe bombs found at home of California shooters
SAN BERNARDINO - Police said investigators found more than a dozen pipe bombs at the scene of a mass shooting in San Bernardino and the rented home of the two people investigators said were responsible.
Police Chief Jarron Burguan said they included a cluster of pipe bombs tied to a remote-control car which was found at the county social center where 14 people were killed and 21 wounded Wednesday. The shooters, identified by police as 28-year-old Syed Farook and his wife 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, died in a shootout with authorities later the same day.
Police and the FBI updated the media Thursday morning about their investigation into the massacre at the Inland Regional Center. Burguan said they don't know if the shooters intended to attack the center initially or had planned for a different target.
Burguan said it was clear from the type and amount of ordinance recovered, which included more than 3,000 rounds of ammo at the home and 1,600 found on the bodies of Farook and Malik, that they had spent time planning for some type of "mission."
Burguan said Farook and his wife sprayed dozens bullets into a room at the center where county employees were holding a party to celebrate the holidays. Investigators said Farook worked at the center and was at the party for a time before leaving apparently in anger, then returning armed with his wife.
The FBI said they have not information which points to a specific motive yet, and will take their time with the investigation to make sure they have facts correct before releasing that information.
Police said Farook was born in the U. S. and traveled out of the country last year, returning from Pakistan with his then-fiancee. The FBI said Malik came into the U. S. on a "fiancee visa" and had a Pakistani passport.
President Barack Obama said earlier Thursday it was "possible" that terrorism could have been a motive in the shooting, but that authorities didn't know enough to say that for sure.
The FBI said they have a specific definition for terrorism, but they didn't want to speculate about the motive in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation. Federal investigators said digital media such as USB drives found at the shooters' home is being flown to Washington D. C. for analysis, and said the drives could hold the answer to those questions.
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