FBI: San Bernardino shooting was an 'act of terror'
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Diplomatic nations the U.S. and Paris are now bound by terror. Assistant FBI Director, David Bowdich said at a press conference in San Bernardino on Friday, Dec. 4 the shooting rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, CA is being investigated as an act of terror. The U.S. incident happened two weeks after a Paris stadium bombing attack. In the two days following the shooting Bowdich said they "learned of extensive planning" on behalf of the shooter that led the agency to this conclusion. Previously, the Justice Department and White House were hesitant to define the incident as terrorist related pending further investigation. James Comey, FBI Director said there is no reason to believe the shooters were affiliated with a larger group or that there was a greater threat to the region.
The most recent developments in this story in summary are:
-The San Bernardino police have officially handed off the investigation to the FBI. Local police will work 12 hour shifts to stand watch over the city following the incident. The two agencies along with ATF will remain "lock-step" in partnership throughout the operation.
-Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, traveled over seas in 2013 and met his wife and partner in crime. He had an argument at work which may have sparked he rampage.
Here is what we know about the shooter thus far:
-Tashfeen Malik, a 27-year-old woman from Saudi Arabia who came to the U.S to marry Riwan last year pledged her allegiance to ISIS online. The FBI is looking further into the posts in question.
-The guns used were purchased legally by a friend of the couple. Authorities are questioning the purchaser.
-There is no credible threat to this region or the nation according to local San Bernardino authorities and the FBI. "We are not hiding information from anybody."
-Suspects attempted to destroy their digital fingerprint. FBI obtained the cell phones from a trash can near their apartment and are looking to the evidence for more clues.
The FBI established a National hotline for citizens to offer leads on this incident or other suspicious activity that may be a threat to the public: 1-800-CALL-FBI, 1800-225-5324. Choose option 4.