The Los Angeles Times digs into the biography of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, killed yesterday in the search for a suspect who killed 14 and wounded 17 more after opening fire on a county health department luncheon in San Bernardino, Calif. His wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, also was killed.
He was a county health inspector. He’d been at the event, left and returned.
Co-workers told The Times they were shocked to hear Farook’s name linked to the shooting. Two who were in the restroom when the bullets began to fly said he was quiet and polite, with no obvious grudges.
They said Farook recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a new wife he had met online [another article said they married two years ago]. The couple had a baby and appeared to be “living the American dream,” said Patrick Baccari, a fellow health inspector who shared a cubicle with Farook.
Baccari and Christian Nwadike said Farook, who worked with them for several years, rarely started a conversation. But the tall, thin young man with a full beard was well liked and spent much of his time out in the field.
They and other colleagues said Farook was a devout Muslim, but rarely discussed religion at work.
“He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,” said Griselda Reisinger, who worked with Farook before leaving the agency in May.
Reisinger said she heard that the office recently threw a baby shower for Farook and that he had taken paternity leave.
Another Times article said the couple’s six-month-old daughter had just been dropped off with her grandmother, Farook’s mother. Farook was born in Illinois. His parents were immigrants from Pakistan.
It would appear that guns found with the suspects were legally purchased. The LA Times said they were two assault rifles — a .223-caliber DPMS Model A15 and a Smith and Wesson M&P15 — and two semiautomatic handguns. One of the handguns was manufactured by Llama, and the other by Smith and Wesson.