Investigation into California Shootings Continues

Revelation 6:3-4 NCV When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take away peace (prosperity, rest) from the earth and to make people kill each other (butcher, slaughter, to maim violently, in streets), and he was given a big sword (assassins sword, terrorist, loud, mighty, sore afraid).

The investigation into the mass shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 more injured last week continued on Tuesday, though authorities had yet to hold a news conference on any updates.

Authorities have said the husband-and-wife team of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire in San Bernardino, California, during a holiday party for Farook’s coworkers last Wednesday. President Barack Obama and FBI officials have declared the shooting an act of terrorism and said the suspects were radicalized, but officials have yet to publicly say they’ve found any evidence that the two were part of a foreign terrorist group or a broader conspiracy.

While police continued their investigation, news agencies reported some new information.

Citing unnamed informed sources, Fox News, Reuters and the Los Angeles Times reported that $28,500 was deposited into Farook’s bank account in the weeks before the shooting. Authorities have said they were trying to see if anyone helped the couple plan the attack, but three unnamed sources told Reuters the money trail doesn’t appear to link Farook or Malik to a terrorist group.

Reuters and the Los Angeles Times reported the money was a loan, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that a pair of unnamed federal officials said that could explain how the couple was able to acquire the materials they used in the attack. Authorities have said they recovered at least 4,500 rounds of ammunition at the pair’s home, as well as parts that could make 19 pipe bombs.

Authorities were investigating how the suspects became radicalized and whether they were inspired by the work of other terrorists. The FBI has said Farook and Malik both engaged in target practice ahead of the attacks, in one instance within days of the deadly rampage.

Farook and Malik died in a shootout with police, leaving behind a six-month-old daughter.

Farook was a U.S. citizen who was born to Pakistani parents in Illinois, while Malik was a Pakistan native who was living in Saudi Arabia. It’s been widely reported that the two met on an online dating website. During his speech from the Oval Office on Sunday, Obama called for federal officials to review the “fiancee visa” waiver program that Malik used to enter the country.

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