Colleagues of San Bernardino shooting assailant Syed Farook told the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times that co-workers once threw a baby shower and collected money for Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, before the birth of their baby six months ago.
The AP reported Saturday:
It had been a big year for the 28-year-old Farook. Co-workers threw him a shower before his daughter was born. They organized a potluck and collected cash for the new father and his bride of a year, Tashfeen Malik, a woman in Saudi Arabia whom Farook told colleagues he’d met online.
The revelation about Farook’s co-workers’ generosity with him was also included in a L.A. Times report on the shooting at the Inland Regional Center:
By the end of the day, police had identified Farook, 28, as a suspect in the massacre and said he was one of two people shot to death in a gun battle with officers. The other was 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, who a family member said was Farook’s wife. […]
“He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,” said Griselda Reisinger, who worked with Farook before leaving the agency in May.
Reisinger said she heard that the office recently threw a baby shower for Farook and that he had taken paternity leave.
On Friday, an apparent online dating profile of Farook emerged where he described himself as an “Allah fearing, calm thought full [sic] and simple man.”
Law enforcement officials said that Farook and his wife, Malik killed 14 people and injured 21 Wednesday at the holiday party at the San Bernardino facility for the developmentally disabled.
Officials told CNN on Friday that Malik pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the shooting attack.