LOS ANGELES – Authorities released a report Thursday detailing of the manhunt and shootout with a man and a woman which 14 people were killed and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December 2015.
The report released by the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office contains the accounts of almost two dozen police officers and how officers identified Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the attack with high-powered rifles at a department of health training and a holiday party in December 2015, and the gunfight that ensued after officers tried to stop the fleeing couple.
Important things to know from the report:
HOW THE POLICE FOUND THE ATTACKERS
As officers began arriving at the inland Regional Center, where the shooting occurred, several victims told the officers that Farook, their co-worker at the county health department, was in the party, but left about a half-hour before the shooting.
One of the attackers, she said, had the same size and shape of the body, but his face was covered by a mask.
The researchers then learned Farook had rented a black SUV that matched the description of the offender’s car and tracked his mobile to his home in Redlands. Officers began pursuing the car, but if they tried to pull over, the couple shot at officers through the rear window, the report said.
THE SHOOTOUT WITH FAROOK
Officers pulled up behind the SUV as it came to a stop on a residential street and the gunbattle continued. Farook got out of the vehicle and fired from a Smith & Wesson M&P MP-15 semi-automatic rifle hung around his body, according to the report.
A San Bernardino police sergeant, recalled grabbing a rifle from his son — a fellow officer — and to the right to Farook and shot at him five or six times.
“One of the rounds passed through Farook caused by a missing of blood on the impact,” the report said. “Farook fell to the ground, but was still in motion.”
Farook grabbed his gun, as he lay on the ground, the sergeant said. The sergeant fired twice more at him.
An autopsy found Farook was shot 27 times.
THE SHOOTOUT WITH MALIK
After her husband was killed, Malik did the shoot at officers from inside the SUV, officials said. They see a silhouette through the shattered back window and saw Malik ducked behind a chair for cover as they fired.
Officials said that it seemed that she was “blind fire in the direction of the officers instead of a goal.”
Malik, who was 5-foot-3 (1.6 metres, and weighed 121 pounds (55 kilograms), was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle hung around her body as they shot up and down, each time firing in spurts. They took cover behind a chair in the vehicle when the officers shot back at her, the report said.
Malik, dressed in black, was wearing a load bearing vest with various spare rifle and pistol magazines, together with a airsoft neck protector and black safety glass. She also had nine loaded 30-round rifle magazines, a loaded 10-round rifle magazine and seven and eight round pistol magazines, authorities said.
An autopsy found Malik was shot at least 15 times.
ITEMS FOUND IN THE CAR
In the SUV, the police also found a black backpack with 14 rifle and handgun magazines, a military-style ammunition container with 870 shotgun cartridges are loaded in a 10-round clips, along with three rifle sighting systems and several bags filled with hundreds of ammunition cartridges.
The suspects fired about 80 rounds from rifles and a bullet from a gun, the report said. Officers shot 440 rounds of rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Several nearby homes and cars were hit by bullets, but no civilians were hit during the shooting.