We’ve all asked the question ‘when is too soon?’
When is it too soon to start dating again?
When is it too soon to make a joke about the downed Malaysian Airlines planes?
When is it too soon to start demanding your inheritance from dying family member States?
And these are all important questions.
But what about this other question: when will it be it too late?
San Bernardino shooting: FBI expresses caution on terrorism link; pipe bombs and ammo found in shooters’ home
The FBI says it is too soon to say what led a young couple to kill 14 people at a Christmas party in California, with federal agents saying it is premature to label the attack terrorism.
Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire on Christmas party, killing 14, injuring 21
FBI says it is premature to label attack terrorism
Pipe bomb-like devices and thousands of rounds of ammunition found at couple’s home
Farook left party after apparent dispute, then returned with Malik
“A degree of planning” went into attack, police chief says
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who had a six-month-old daughter together, were killed in a shootout with police after Wednesday’s massacre at the Inland Regional Centre social services agency in the city of San Bernardino.
“We cannot rule anything out at this point,” said David Bowdich, the FBI’s assistant director in Los Angeles.
“There was obviously a mission here. We know that. We do not know why.
“It would be irresponsible of me to call this terrorism. The FBI defines terrorism very specifically. That is the big question for us, is what is the motivation for this.”
Police said a raid of a townhouse believed to have been used by the couple yielded flash drives, computers and mobile phones that would be checked to see if they had been browsing on jihadist websites or social media.
Twelve pipe bomb-like devices and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at the home.
“Rest assured that we will get to the bottom of this,” US president Barack Obama said.
“It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know. It is also possible that this was workplace-related.”
San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan said the attack may have been an act of terrorism but that a motive had not yet been determined.
He also said 21 people were wounded, four more than previously stated.
Ten people remained hospitalised at two local hospitals — two in critical but stable condition, three in fair condition and five in stable condition, the hospitals said.
‘Some degree of planning’
Farook had worked for the San Bernardino county health department for five years and neither he nor his wife were known to law enforcement.
It would be irresponsible of me to call this terrorism – the FBI defines terrorism very specifically.
That is the big question for us, is what is the motivation for this.
David Bowdich, FBI assistant director in Los Angeles
The couple, who dropped off their baby daughter with Farook’s mother shortly before the rampage, were dressed in military-style gear and carried assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns as they burst into an auditorium rented out for the holiday party at Inland Regional Centre.
Mr Burguan said Farook had attended the party, organised by the health department, and left after an apparent dispute, only to return a short time later with Malik.
He said Farook and his wife had fired between 65 and 75 rounds during the attack at a social services centre that entailed “a degree of planning”.
Explosives rigged to a remote-controlled car were also found at the scene of the carnage, but the device failed to go off, he said.
He said 1,600 rounds of ammunition were found on the couple and in their car following the police shootout in which they died.
About 5,000 additional rounds, 12 pipe bomb-type explosive devices and bomb-making material were found at the home the couple shared.
“Nobody just gets upset at a party, goes home and puts together that kind of elaborate scheme,” Mr Burguan said.
“There was some planning that went into this.”
Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Khan, said he had no clue what prompted the carnage.
“I am in shock that something like this could happen,” he said.
Farook, Malik ‘living the American dream’
Local media quoted one of Farook’s co-workers as saying he had travelled to Saudi Arabia where he met his Pakistani-born wife.
FBI and police continue their investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where two suspects were shot by police following a mass shooting in San Bernardino
PHOTO: FBI and police continue their investigation around the area of the SUV vehicle where the two suspects were shot by police. (Reuters: Mike Blake)
The couple appeared to be “living the American dream,” Patrick Baccari, a fellow inspector who shared a cubicle with Farook and who survived the carnage, said.
Mr Baccari and other co-workers told the Los Angeles Times that Farook was a devout Muslim who kept to himself and rarely discussed religion at work.
“He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,” Griselda Reisinger, who worked with Farook until changing jobs in May, told the Times.
Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, said the couple had been married for two years and “had a good life”.
“We don’t know the motive yet,” he told NPR news.
“This could be a workplace rage, this could be a result of some of instability, mental instability, or it could (be) some twisted ideological belief.”
Yeah. Too soon to call it.
I mean, who doesn’t drop their kids off at the grandparents before a minor mass murder spree at the local old folks home?
Or maybe it just is Islam after a