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early this morning the police identified two shooters suspected of opening fire at a california social sfgs center. authorities have yet to win down a motive, though, at least 14 wounded. the suspects identified as 28-year-old u.s. born syed farook and tashfeen malik and they were married and leave behind a 6-month-old daughter. shooters. they allegedly opened fire at a party for county workers. it is the deadly mass shooting since the sandy hook elementary attack nearly three years ago. farook was attending the celebration party. >> got angry and left the building and he matches the physical of one of the shooters. >> reporter: about four hours after the attack and two miles from the social services center in san bernardino, police confronted the suspects in an
the suspects were killed in the shoot-out. chris martinez is in san bernardino and begins our >> reporter: i can tell you police presence at this hour at and around the scene of this shooting. investigators believe this was a attack. authorities have revealed the identities of the two suspects they believe are responsible for the mass shooting at inland regional center. the pair identified as 28-year-old syed rizwan farook and his wife tashfeen malik fleled the scene of the massacre in a black suv. both died two miles away from the shooting in a gun battle with police. inside the suv investigators found assault rifles and semiautomatic handguns. >> based on what we have seen and based upon how they were equipped, there had to be some
>> reporter: farook an environmental specialist for san bernardino left the party in anger and turned a short time later with malik and dressed in assault style clothing and armed. >> i was in disbelief. i called my kids and said what happens here, there is a shooting, be safe. >> reporter: farook's brother-in-law condemned the attacks and expressed his remorse. >> i am sad. deeply sad and shocked that something like this happened. >> reporter: as the investigation continues to unfold, authorities say they have not ruled out terrorism as a motive. >> it is a possibility, but we don't know that yet and we are not willing to go down that road yet. >> reporter: authorities worked late into the night at the scene of the deadly shooting after bomb squads found and detonated a suspicious pipe bomb device inside. and this morning, police, along with several other law enforcement agencies, including the fbi, they are working to figure out the exact motive
they do know that at least two of the four guns they say the suspects used were purchased legally. >> chris, before you go, what more do we know about these suspects? >> reporter: well, we know syed farook was an environmental inspector with the county here and we were told he held that position about five years. he would inspect restaurants and pools for chlorine level and things like that. we know according to his brother-in-law that he was married to other suspect for about two years. they did, as mentioned, have a 6-month-old child, a little girl, and we understand they left that child this morning with the little girl's grandmother from they left for that banquet just a couple of hours really before that shooting happened. >> chris martinez in san bernardino, thank you, chris. for more we are joined on the phone by dr. errol sujers, the managing director for tall global corporation and a professor of homeland security
thanks for joining us, dr. suthers. i want to ask you, investigators are exploring all options in terms of a motive but they are not ruling out terrorism. based on what we know so far and your background, what do you think motivated this shooting? >> well, my initial thought, understanding that the target or the victims were at a party for county workers, that it seemed quite personal. the shooters went to a location that didn't appear to be random. they had specific target knowledge, they understood how to get in and out. the speed of what they were able to accomplish in such an ultra violent way suggests they had personal knowledge of this location. last they appeared to be suicide did not appear to be suicidal so they had thought about this attack and thought about their escape. >> reporter: surely when you embark on an attack like this, you're not planning on getting away.
planning on escaping? >> i think they were planning on escaping. the fact that they had the vehicle there, they didn't wait to shoot it out with police. it didn't appear that they were trying to commit suicide by cops. it seems to me that they were planning to kill as many people as they could and leave that location. >> interesting. now the council on american islamic relations came out right away. they came out right away and had a press conference. what is your take on that press conference? >> well, here we are just less than three weeks away from the paris attacks which gripped the entire world. there is an increasing sensitivity and vigilance regarding isis-inspired attacks and, lastly, the routine criticism by some that muslim community should condemn all attacks. it appears to me and i don't know their total motivation,
in front of this and condemn the attacks as the muslim community and also offer up a relative of condolences. it seems to be a unified front on part of the muslim community saying we condemn these attacks, we stand with you and we want to show our solidarity. >> you mnds the paris shooting and a mass shooting on the 27th in colorado and the worse since sandy hook. how do we stop these shootings? >> well, workplace violence and appears -- going to have one or both of this -- this particular attack. the attackers don't live in a vacuum. these attackers have families, they live in communities, they have would coworkers. increasing thee social networks are reporting behaviors and statements and other activity that, you know, we, in the intelligence security, might deem actual intelligence.
thwart these attacks is when people actually notify authorities, people they know well, are saying or doing things that could be troubling. >> all right. dr. errol suthers, thank you so much. the attack in san bernardino is the latest mass shooting in this country. attacks that have become all too familiar. it's the third deadliest mass shooting in u.s. history. there have been more than 350 mass shootings, four or more people this year. that's an average of more than one per day. there are calls by some this morning to strengthen gun laws in hopes of preventing future mass shootings. one of the loudest kams from the new york "daily news" today. the paper has been critical of lawmakers who have balked at stricter gun laws. as nancy cordes reports, it appears that capitol hill is accession. >> reporter: california democrat
biggest opponents of gun laws. >> it's heart breaking to see another mass shooting in this country. looks like a war zone and it's not enough to keep lamenting these things. we have to take action. >> reporter: mass shootings have become so pervasive that hillary clinton was actually talking about guns in orlando minutes before. >> it is time for us to say, we are going to have comprehensive background checks and we are going to close the gun show loophole and the online loophole. >> reporter: most republicans say there is no proof that more gun laws would do any good and some want even more firearms. former arkansas governor mike huckabee. >> in most every case in this country, one is a mentally unstable person, two, a gun-free zone. >> reporter: most of his fellow presidential candidates stay clear and say they were praying for the victims. on capitol hill, gun legislation.
nonstarter, after the paris attacks, democrats revived their push to ban gun sales to those on the u.s. terror watch list. house speaker paul ryan was noncommittal. you said it's better to be safe than sorry. is this something you support? >> this is a beating of all of this process. the task force is taking all suggestions from democrats and republicans. >> reporter: nancy cordes, cbs news, washington. "cbs this morning" co-anchor norah o'donnell interviewed president obama just after yesterday's attack. the president said, again, it's time this country take steps to try to reduce the number of mass shootings. >> we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no peril anywhere else in the world. and there's some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don't happen as frequently. >> we will have more of norah o'donnell's interview with
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recapping our top story now. a man and woman killed during a gun battle with police are believed to be the only shooters that attacked a social services center in california. at least 14 people were killed and 17 others wounded. both shooters were armed with assault rifles and semiautomatic handguns. they were killed in a shoot-out with police about four hours after the attack, two miles from the social services center. chris martinez is in san bernardino. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. police identified those suspects as syed farook and tashfeen
fire at that holiday banquet for county employees this morning, killing 14 as you said and injuring 17 others. syed farook was at that party because he was a county employee the past five years or so and we were told he left that banquet in anger for some reason and returned later with his wife and both of them heavily armed. that's when the shooting started and people inside describe a terrifying scene. >> we had to come out with our hands up and be escorted across the street to the golf course and sit there for hours, hours witnessing clothing of deceived ones in the street, people crying, coworkers crying. i was just numb. i was just in disbelief. i called my kid and said if something happens to me, there is a shooting here, just be safe. >> reporter: both of those suspects were killed just hours later after a chase with police that ended in a shoot-out. police tell us they have recovered four guns from those
two of those known already to be purchased legally. this morning, they are still working -- at this hour, i should say, they are still working to determine a motive here. police working along with several other law enforcement agencies, including the fbi, they are all over this one. they do tell us at this point, they have not ruled out terrorism. we expect to learn a lot more today about the people who were killed and also those who were injured with that shooting this morning. a lot of those names still not released at this point but we expect to learn a lot more about them as the day goes on. and this investigation continues. >> chris martinez in san bernardino, thank you, chris. coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," more from san bernardino on the deadly shooting rampage and a look at the shift in how police confront active shooters. plus, president obama on the battle on isis.