The internet has been ablaze with possible theories about the motivation for the San Bernardino shootings yesterday. After it was revealed that the married couple responsible were deeply religious Muslims who had traveled to the Middle East in recent years many people immediately went to the theory of jihadist attack.
However, others urged restraint in declaring the attack an act of Islamic terrorism before all of the facts were in.
Well, now it looks like Syed Rizwan Farook along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, was in contact with individuals associated with Islamic terrorism and may have viewed ISIS propaganda online leading up to the attack.
According to CNN:
Syed Rizwan Farook — who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the San Bernardino shooting massacre — apparently was radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Farook’s apparent radicalization contributed to his role in the mass shooting of 14 people Wednesday during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County health department, where Farook worked, sources said.
CNN is also pushing the narrative that this may have been a “blended” motive in that Farook waged jihad on people he worked with because he also did not like them, or had a grudge against them. Fox News also pointed out Farook may have chosen that target because he knew there would be no security at the location as he was aware of the event.
The FBI has officially taken over the investigation into the shooting, but has not yet ruled the incident an act of terrorism.