The San Bernardino killers had been radicalized “for quite some time” and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one instance just days before the attack that left 14 people dead; the FBI said Monday.
In an alarming twist, authorities also revealed that a year before the rampage, Syed Farook’s co-workers at the county health department underwent “active shooter” training in the same conference room where he and his wife opened fire on them last week.
It was not instantly clear whether Farook attended the late-2014 session on what to do when a gunman invades the workplace, San Bernardino County spokeswoman Felisa Cardona said.
Two employees who survived the attack said colleagues reacted Wednesday by trying to do as they had been trained — dropping the tables and staying quiet so as not to attract attention.
“Unfortunately, the room just didn’t provide a whole lot of protection,” said Corwin Porter, assistant county health director.
Farook, a 28-year-old restaurant inspector born in the U.S. to a Pakistani family, and Tashfeen Malik, a 29-year-old immigrant from Pakistan, went on the rampage at a holiday luncheon at about the same time Malik pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on Facebook, authorities said. The Muslim couple was killed hours later in a gunbattle with police.
“We have learned and believe that both subjects were radicalized and had been for quite some time,” said David Bowdich, chief of the FBI’s Los Angeles office.
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