California Shooting: 10 Shocking Facts About The San Bernardino Shooter

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Yesterday’s California shooting has left everyone in shock, but none more so than those who knew Syed Farook, one of the people responsible for the tragedy.

Farook, along with other gunmen that included his wife, Tashfeen Malik, stormed the Inland Regional Center, a care center for people who have developmental disabilities, taking the lives of 14 people and injuring at least 21 more.

Farook’s family and coworkers all expressed shock that this person that they thought they knew could be responsible for the California shooting tragedy. Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Khan, said “I cannot express how sad I am for what happened. I have no idea why he would do that. Why would he do something like this?”

While we don’t yet know the motives behind Farook’s California shooting spree, here are some facts that we do know about the man behind this tragic event that took many lives.

1. Syed Farook’s parents divorced this year.

In the aftermath, as authorities investigated Farook and his family, we have learned that Syed Farook’s parents had just divorced this year. Rafia Farook, the killer’s mother, had filed for a legal separation all the way back in 2008, but a divorce had just been finalized in February of this year.

2. Farook’s mother had filed 3 separate restraining orders against his father.

Farook’s mother had repeatedly claimed that her husband was abusive to both her and her children and filed for restraining orders against him 3 separate times. She said that her husband was “throwing stuff, screaming, alcoholic, mentally sick and not on prescribed medication.” The first two restraining orders were granted to Rafia, however the third one was denied for unknown reasons.

3. Farook’s mother claimed that his father was mentally ill.

In addition to claims of abuse, alcoholism, and domestic violence, Syed Farook’s mother claimed that her husband was mentally ill. She sought to restrict Farook’s father from traveling with their kids to Pakistan.

4. Farook was chosen as his sibling’s monitor.

After the restraining orders against Farook’s father were granted, his father was only allowed to visit his children with a monitor present. Syed Farook, who was 19 at the time, was given the court seal of approval to be the monitor during these visits.

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Victims of the San Bernardino shooting. Image source: Twitter

5. Syed Farook belonged to a dating website.

Farook was a member of, a dating website. The profile of the now 28-year-old man seemed to have been created when we was 22-years-old, and he appeared to be living with his parents at the time. There is even speculation that the dating profile was set up by his parents, not himself.

6. On the dating site, Farook said he enjoyed target practice.

On his dating profile, the San Bernardino shooting suspect shared his religious views, family values, and then went on to describe himself in an “about me” section where he included that he enjoyed to “just hang out in back yard doing target practice with younger sister and friends.”

7. Farook met his wife, who was also involved in the San Bernardino shooting, on a dating website.

According to Tashfeen Malik‘s brother, she and Farook had met online and after Farook visited her in Saudi Arabia, he petitioned her on a K1 fiance visa to bring her to the United States. This meant that both Malik was able to pass criminal and national security background checks done by both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

8. Syed Farook had been in communication with a terrorism suspect.

The FBI has uncovered that the San Bernardino shooting suspect had been in contact with multiple Islamic extremists over the course of several years, at least one of which whom was identified as a terrorism suspect.

9. Thousands of rounds of ammunition were discovered at Farook’s residence.

More than 5,000 rounds of ammunition were discovered at the house believed to be Farook and Malik’s residence, as well as at least a dozen pipe bombs and materials to make improvised explosive devices.

10. The San Bernardino shooting occurred after Farook had a workplace dispute.

The day of the shooting, Farook had been in attendance at an employee Christmas party at the Inland Regional Center. He got into an argument with someone there and left angrily. He returned later and started the shooting spree in the same room where the holiday party was.

Read also: California Shooting: Three Suspects At Large As Police Launch Manhunt.

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