Husband-and-Wife San Bernardino Suspects Left Their Baby with Grandmother Before Shooting Rampage: Reports

The suspects – Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik – were killed during a gun battle with cops on Wednesday

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The two suspects in Wednesday’s tragic mass shooting at a San Bernardino, California, conference center reportedly left their young daughter with her grandmother before carrying out the vicious attack that left at least 14 dead and 17 injured, according to NBC News.

Identified as husband and wife, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed during a gun battle with cops on a residential San Bernardino street nearly 4 hours after the shooting. The first pictures have emerged of Farook on Muslim dating profiles he set up online.

Farook’s brother-in-law Farhan Khan told NBC News that the pair left their six-month-old daughter with her grandmother on Wednesday under the guise that they had a doctor’s appointment. The grandparents were not concerned until they received a call from the media at 2 p.m. asking if they knew their son and Malik were suspects.

Kahn told reporters during a press conference with the Council on American-Islamic Relations that he “cannot express how sad I am for what happened today.” He said he had no idea why someone would do something like this and that he was still in shock.

“I am very sad that people lost their lives,” he said, adding that his thoughts were with the victims’ families.

Farook, who worked as an environmental specialist for the county health department for five years, was attending the holiday party in the center’s conference facilities. He left under angry circumstances before returning in what police described as “assault-style” clothing with his wife and carrying out the shooting. Police, however, maintain that it was not a spur of the moment attack and believe it required significant planning.

Police have not yet established a motive for the shootings, but have not ruled out a link to terrorism.

“Both suspects were armed with assault rifles, Smith & Wesson, and semi automatic handguns,” San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said in a news conference, Wednesday. “At the shooting scene, there were devices (three of them altogether) we felt were explosive devices and we have disposed of them.”

Farook was born in Illinois and raised in Southern California, Hussar Ayloush, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Associated Press. Farook’s family was originally from Pakistan. Little is known about Malik, but one of Farook’s co-workers who survived the shooting told the AP that the suspect had traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier this year and returned with a wife.

Ayloush added that Farook’s family was first concerned that he might have been a victim of the shooting after the couple did not return to get their daughter, per conversations with Khan.

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