Shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik practiced at gun ranges in the Los Angeles area, said David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles field office. And on at least one occasion, he said, their target practice occurred within days of the shooting.
They "were radicalized and have been for quite some time," Bowdich said.
"The question for us," he told reporters Monday, "is how, and by whom, and where."
And as authorities comb through evidence five days after a massacre that President Barack Obama and law enforcement officials call an act of terrorism, there's another key question looming over the investigation: Could anything have been done to foil the plot?
While the couple supported ISIS, investigators are still trying to find out if either of them ever actually met any ISIS leaders or took orders from anyone.
"Remember, oftentimes, it's on the Internet. We just don't know," Bowdich said. "I don't want to speculate."
So far, Bowdich said, investigators haven't found any evidence of a plot for the attack extending outside the continental United States.
"Right now, we're looking at these two individuals," Bowdich said, "and we are beginning to focus, to build it out from there."
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Tuesday, December 8, 2015