San Bernardino Shooters: No Direct Ties To ISIS, Says Law Enforcement

The married couple who carried out the deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday may not have any direct ties to the terrorist group ISIS, according to authorities.

People reports that although the ISIS claimed that Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, were showing support for the group when they opened fire on a group of Farook’s co-workers at Inland Regional Center, investigators haven’t found any evidence that links the couple, both deceased, to any part of the terrorist group.

“We already know this couple was radicalized. They were terrorists. We established that. But we have no direct evidence of ties to any specific wing of ISIS or anyone else.”

Syed Rizwan Farook in a driver's license photo taken prior to the San Bernardino attacks.(Photo by FBI via Getty Images) Syed Rizwan Farook in a driver’s license photo taken prior to the San Bernardino attacks. [Photo by FBI via Getty Images]It’s not unusual for ISIS to take claim of terrorist attacks whether or not it’s actually true. According to CNN, ISIS claimed that Malik made a public allegiance to the terrorist group amid opening fire on her husband’s co-workers. Investigators stated, however, that Malik’s support happened prior to the attacks, when she posted a comment on her Facebook page, supporting ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Yet, this still doesn’t necessarily mean that the terrorists were involved with ISIS, per retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Francona, who said that members of the ISIS group who carry out terrorist acts are known as “knights” or “soldiers,” but the married couple was simply referred to as supporters.

“What they’re calling these two are supporters, which is kind of a lesser level, indicating it might not have had direct contact with the couple.”

On Friday, the FBI searched the couple’s Redlands, California, home, but due to orders to seal the evidence, they aren’t disclosing what was found. An anonymous officer, however, indicated that the attacks were looking more like something the couple planned out themselves without assistance from ISIS.

The inside of couple's home looked seemingly normal in some area, with baby formula and medications sitting on a counter. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“This is looking more and more like self-radicalization.”

Meanwhile, President Obama will make a primetime address on Sunday night. He plans to encourage Americans to not succumb to fear, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

“I think what you’ll hear the president say is to call on the American people to not give into fear. You may hear him call on Congress to review measures and take action as well.”

The motive behind the shootings still remain unclear. The couple were said to have lived quiet lives with their 6-month-old daughter in a rented home. Numerous friends and relatives expressed surprise and shock at what transpired, with many stating the Farook was a devout Muslim who didn’t believe in violence. The one exception so far is Farook’s father. The Italian newspaper La Stampa quoted Farook’s father as saying his son supported ISIS efforts and ideas.

A view of the Dar-Al-Uloom, Al-Islamiyah of America mosque, where Syed Farook attended on December 4, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“He said he agreed with (IS chief Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi’s ideas for creating the Islamic State, and he was obsessed by Israel.”

Authorities also believe that Malik, who spent time in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, played a major part in radicalizing her husband.

Authorities believe Tashfeen Malik may have radicalized her husband. (Photo by FBI via Getty Images) Authorities believe Tashfeen Malik may have radicalized her husband. [Photo by FBI via Getty Images]A total of 14 people were killed during the attacks and an additional 21 people were injured. According to a Saturday announcement on ISIS’ al-Bayan Radio, the terrorist group hopes that both husband and wife are treated as martyrs for their “sacrifice.”

“We pray to God to accept them as martyrs.”

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