San Bernardino shooter travelled to Saudi Arabia and came back with a bride

2015-12-03 09:41

San Bernardino - The suspect in the Southern California shooting that left 14 dead travelled to Saudi Arabia earlier this year and returned with a wife.

Co-worker Patrick Baccari says Syed Farook was gone for about a month in the spring. When he came back word got around Farook had been married, and the woman he described as a pharmacist joined him shortly afterward. A baby followed.

Baccari says the reserved Farook showed no signs of unusual behavior, although he grew out his beard several months ago.

Baccari said he had been sitting at the same table as Farook at an office party on Wednesday morning, but his co-worker suddenly disappeared, leaving his coat on his chair.

Baccari said he had stepped into the bathroom when the shooting started and suffered minor wounds from shrapnel slicing through the wall.

Police said on Thursday that they believe the man and woman killed in a gun battle with police after Wednesday's mass shooting were the only two shooters.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan identified the woman killed in the gun battle as 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik.

The other suspect was previously identified as 28-year-old Syed Farook. Relatives have said the two were married.

Farook was an environmental specialist with the county health department who sometimes worked at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

Burguan told reporters that Farook angrily left an office holiday party earlier Wednesday before returning with Malik.

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says the couple left their baby with family Wednesday morning and never returned.

Footage has been released, showing panic stricken civilians leave a building as the shooter started firing rounds outside. 

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