Reports: Syed Farook Named As Suspect In San Bernardino Shooting

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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Law enforcement investigators have named Syed Farook as a suspect in the shooting in San Bernardino, Cal. that left 14 people dead, several news outlets are reporting.

Farook and one or two more suspects stormed a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center and opened fire using long guns before fleeing in an SUV, police said. Another 18 people were injured in what appears to be a terrorist attack.

While it was initially reported that three suspects were involved in the attack, which began at around 11 a.m. local time, Fox News reported late Wednesday that authorities now believe only two people were directly involved but that others could have worked behind the scenes to help plan it.

Police killed two people following a high-speed chase at around 3 p.m. local time after responding to a house in Redlands after receiving a tip, San Bernardino police chief Jarron Berguan said in a press conference.

Police pursued a dark SUV and exchanged gunfire. A man and woman who were killed in the vehicle were dressed in assault-style clothing and armed with assault rifles and handguns, Berguan said.

Complicating matters is another report from NBC News that Syed Farook’s brother was also a suspect.

It is unclear if Syed Farook was the man killed. The nature of the relationship between the man and woman is still unknown.

A Syed R. Farook was recently listed as an environmental tech specialist with San Bernardino County. Records listed on the county’s website show that Farook conducted business health inspections.

Farook’s name was mentioned on police radio shortly after the shooting, though it was unclear for hours whether he was involved. Witnesses said that the suspect left a holiday party being held at the Inland Regional Center and was acting suspicious. Witnesses also reportedly said they believed that the suspect may have returned to the event around 30 minutes later with two others.

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