Barack Obama to discuss security, Islamic State after California attack376 views
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will tell Americans on Sunday what the government is doing to keep them safe following the mass killing by a couple in California last week that is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but no major shift in strategy was expected.
STILL SEEKING MOTIVE
Lynch said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is focusing on what led Farook and Malik to open fire at a holiday party with Farook’s co-workers in San Bernardino on Wednesday.
Fourteen people died and 21 were wounded before police killed Farook and Malik in a street shootout a few hours later.
Federal officials said the attack was an act of terrorism and are trying to determine any links to Islamic State.
Lynch said investigators had conducted 300 interviews and searched several sites related to last week’s attack. Neither Farook nor Malik was on the list of 900 U.S. residents under FBI investigation for suspected ties to Islamic extremist groups.
“I can’t say definitively right now what led either of these two people to pick up guns and become murderers,” Lynch said. “We’re looking at everything we can find out about these two killers’ lives – how they grew up, where they grew up, how they met.
“These two individuals – self-radicalized, radicalized by others – that’s what we definitely want to learn so we can figure out how to best prevent this again.”