San Bernardino shooting may involve terrorism

 

  • FBI has taken over California shooting investigation
  • 14 people were killed, others seriously injured
  • Obama again urges legislators to restrict access to guns

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the FBI has taken over the investigation into the shooting in San Bernardino, California, which he said may involve terrorism.

“It was possible this was terrorist related but we don’t know,” Obama told reporters gathered in the Oval Office.

Police say Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, killed 14 people and seriously wounded more than a dozen others in an attack Wednesday at a social service center for the disabled. Both were gunned down in an SUV a few miles away in a shootout with police.

Obama said law enforcement does not yet know what motivated the shooters, and that there could be multiple motives, including workplace violence. “We don’t know why they did it,” he said.

“What I can assure the American people is we’re going to get to the bottom of this and that we are going to be vigilant, as we always are, in getting the facts before we issue any decisive judgments in terms of how this occurred,” he said. Vice President Joe Biden was seated next to him and top members of his national security team were in the room.