Syed Farook Identified As San Bernardino Mass Shooter.. Female Accomplice Named As Tashfeen Malik

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A 28-year-old man named Syed Farook is believed to have been connected to the deadly gunfire at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino Wednesday, multiple sources from several agencies told NBC News.

Officials involved in the investigation tell NBC News it is looking more and more likely that Farook and a woman, who one person described as "a fiancee," were involved in the assault.

Police said a male and a female suspect were killed in a shootout with police after officers chased a sport-utility vehicle being sought after the attack. They were dressed in "assault-style clothing" and were carrying assault-style weapons and handguns, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

A third person seen leaving the area near the SUV has been taken into custody, Burguan said, but he stressed that it is not clear he was involved in the shootings.

The identities of those two who were killed and the person detained were not released.

Police had said they were looking for up to three people involved in the attack. Officials told NBC News Wednesday night it looks less and less likely that a third person was involved in the attack.

A person named Syed Farook is listed in public records as a resident of the Redlands address from which police tracked the SUV involved in the afternoon shootout.

That home was surrounded by law enforcement officers Wednesday night. An ATF official said a robot was sent inside to sweep the home for explosives.

The shooting occurred at around 11 a.m. at a conference room at the Inland Regional Center, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities, officials said.

The president and CEO of the social services center told The Associated Press that the conference area was rented out by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A person named Syed Farook is also listed in records as being an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, going back at least as far as mid-2014.

A motive has not been determined. David Bowdich, assistant director for the FBI's Los Angeles office, said it has not been determined whether the shooting was linked to terrorism, but he said the investigation is in its early stages and "we will go where the evidence takes us."

The ATF said two rifles and two handguns were recovered, and the bureau is conducting "urgent traces" on the weapons.

Roger Epps
By Roger Epps 02/12/2015 23:54:00