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A holiday party for San Bernardino county health workers at the Inland Regional Center for developmentally disabled ended suddenly when three masked shooters crashed the party.

It was a scene of carnage as armed terrorists, wearing black masks, camouflage fatigues and bullet vests opened fire at the happy workers.


The terrorists murdered 14 people and seriously wounded at least 17 others inside the conference room where the party was being held.

One of the shooters was later identified as 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook, according to the LA Times. Farook was married to the second shooter, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik. Both were U.S. citizens.

Police are searching for the third shooter. Sources said that person is a relative of Farook, not yet identified. Reportedly, a third person has been detained. It is not clear whether that person is a suspect or not.

When they ran out of bullets, all three took off in a black SUV, heading for the Farook home. Police caught up with them a few hours later, cornering Farook and his wife when they tried to flee in their SUV. In the shootout that followed, the vehicle was riddled with bullets, leaving both dead and blood running in the street.

According to numerous sources, Farook left the party, appearing “angry.” But investigators said Wednesday night that the motive for the massacre is still unclear.

“This was not a casual workplace argument,” a law enforcement source told the NY Post. “It’s a well-planned and thought-out attack.”

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan echoed that view, telling reporters, “Preliminary information indicates that these were people who came prepared, that they were dressed and equipped in a way to indicate that they were prepared… and they were armed with long guns, not handguns.”

Sappers were working late into the night to defuse an IED (improvised explosive device) discovered by police at the scene of the attack.

Several “items of concern” were also found inside the SUV used as an escape vehicle, he said, and authorities were working to determine whether any were explosive as well.

“Is this a terrorist incident? We do not know,” David Bowditch, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, told The Times. Terrorism has not been ruled out, he said later.

The young, bearded Farook was quiet, polite and well-liked by his colleagues. He had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned “with a woman he met online,” according to co-workers questioned by police. The couple had a baby and appeared to be “living the American dream,” said fellow food inspector Patrick Baccari, quoted by the LA Times.

Farook worked for the county health department as a “health technician,” inspecting restaurants and hotels, according to his father, who spoke with the New York Daily News.

Public records show Farook worked for the county health department as an “environmental health specialist,” earning a salary of $51,000 per year.

During a conference held late Wednesday night the Council on Islamic Relations in Anaheim condemned the attack. “The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence,” the group said in its statement.

At that news conference, Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Khan, expressed shock at the news. “I have no idea why he would do that,” he said. “Why would he do something like that? I have no idea. I’m in shock myself.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. Guns only kill if someone pulls a trigger, or a Sword or Hatchet or Machete only cause dead or severe Injury if someone takes it in the Hand and swings it. So the way I think is who should we allow to have Guns etc other means of Equipment to cause havoc because in general if I wanted to kill someone I not necessary have to use a Gun. There are plenty other ways to harm and kill.

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    I need your help. While Rabbis and clergy are busy supporting Syrian refugees coming in to America without assurances by the FBI that they are not threats, I am fighting them knowing in my heart that Americans will be killed if this is not done correctly. No one can tell me that there is no connections between what happened in California and Syrian indoctrination. IN addition I sent material re my being threatened by a former student at Rutgers. Nothing has been done by the university, the Jewish newspapers, or the local Rabbis.

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  3. Disgusting how the liberal media is trying to cover up this Muslim terrorist's actions and call it a workplace incident instead. Like they expect us to believe this terrorist left the party in a huff, went and got tactical gear and automatic weapons, built lots of pipe bombs, and got his wife in on the deal in 30 minutes? What about Obama saying mass killings only happen in America; like the Paris massacre never happened. Then again Obama called Nidal Hussein's massacre of soldiers a workplace incident least we offend Islam, that great religion of peace and tolerance.

  4. I'd like to place a bet…any takers? All jihadis in the U. S. work somewhere, and every time one of these atrocities occur, the president, the FBI and the media will push their heads deeper into the sand than ever before, because in their minds it is expedient so to do.

  5. Obama and the media refused to call them Muslims. They refused to call it terrorism. They refused to call it a holiday party, or Christmas party, or Hannukah party. They refused to admit to Islamic radicalism. They refused to "speculate upon a motive." They said his wife was against all forms of violence.

    But now, they have to admit to all of it.

    I am so sick of this Communist-In-Chief, and the Liberal Media's pro-Islam spin, that a lightening bolt from Heaven, would be more than welcome upon this soil.

    But every single person in America, as soon as they heard about it, knew right away, that this was radicalized Muslim Terrorism.

    California has the strictest gun control laws in the nation. This was a soft target; and these attackers, were radicalized Muslim cowards.

    This is not workplace violence. It is terrorism.

    If you had six people in there with Concealed Carry Permits, it likely would have turned out way different.

    Disarmament never works; only arming a nation ever protects it from both internal and external enemies, in the long run.

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