Skip to navigationSkip to content

The FBI is officially investigating the San Bernardino shooting as an act of terrorism

AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu
Outside the shooters’ house.
  • Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday (Dec. 4) it was now officially taking the lead on the investigation into the San Bernardino shooting that left 14 dead, and treating it as an “act of terrorism.”

David Bowdich of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office said at a news conference that ”there’s a number of pieces of evidence that has pushed us off the cliff,” in determining the shooting was an act of terror.

According to several reports, authorities have evidence that Tashneem Malik, one of the shooters, pledged allegiance to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook on the day of the rampage. Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, were killed by the police after they opened fire at an office holiday party.

On Friday, several news organizations gained access into the couple’s apartment, filming live as they rummaged through their apartment, stirring widespread controversy.

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy.