Motive in San Bernardino mass shooting remains a mystery

(NBC News)  Police are still processing the scene in San Bernardino, California where two heavily armed shooters opened fire on an employees holiday party Wednesday.

One male and one female suspect were killed in a shoot out with police just a few hours after the massacre.

The investigation is now focusing on what motivated the couple to commit such carnage.

“There had to be some degree of planning that went into this, I don’t think they just ran home put on these types of tactical clothing grabbed guns and went out on some type of spur of the moment thing,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

Investigators are combing through evidence from the roadway where 28-year-old Syed Rizwan Farook and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik were killed during a shootout with police
and Farook’s home in nearby Redlands, where investigators continue to search for anything that may help them understand how and why it happened.

Farook, an environmental specialist with San Bernadino County for five years, was at a holiday gathering with co-workers when he left suddenly, then according to police returned with Malik,  both armed with assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols.  They then opened fire.

Like police, family members of the suspects are searching for answers in the tragedy.

“I have no idea why he would do that, why he would do something like this, I am in shock myself,” said Farhan Khan, Farook’s brother-in-law.

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