The investigations in the San Bernardino shootings, where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people, continue with examining the digital equipment found in the couple’s home. According to L.A. Times, FBI agents believe that the shooters were planning an even larger assault.
On Thursday, a San Bernardino lake was also scoured for electronic items and a hard drive, that the couple was hoping to destroy, was found. Still, the FBI will continue the search in the upcoming days, continuing with the whole neighborhood, after receiving a tip that the two shooters may have visited on the day of the attack.
It could’ve end up with way more victims
Apparently, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were very close to planning an assault on a location that housed even more people than the Inland Regional Center. It could have been a school or college, said federal sources familiar with the investigation.
These conclusions were drawn after analyzing the computers and other digital devices belonging to the two. Still, they somehow managed to destroy a lot of essential evidence, before being killed in a firefight with police.
There were a lot of images of schools from the San Bernardino area found on Farook’s phone, but this isn’t a reason strong enough to believe that they were planning a bigger attack. The man was working as a county health inspector, so it was basically his job to check on school dining facilities.
The guns used in the assault weren’t bought by Farook
L.A. Times states that according to federal government source, Farook asked Enrique Martinez, his friend and neighbor, to buy the two rifles used in the attacks, fearing that he “wouldn’t pass a background check” if he tried to get them on his own.
Finally, FBI investigators believe that Farook may have been considering another shooting, before the San Bernardino one, in 2011 and 2012. He abandoned his plans after three men were arrested in Chino, in November 2012, with charges related to providing support to terrorists.