How The Times covered the San Bernardino terrorist attack
L.A. Now’s breaking news team quickly confirmed reports of the shooting first shared by fire officials on social media.
News is tweeted on the main @latimes account with 1.75 million followers. Shortly afterward, an email was sent to The Times breaking news subscribers.
Reporter on the scene
Police responding to active shooter situation in San Bernardino. Lots of police, fire, emts responding. pic.twitter.com/XE2wBHAcXV— Paloma Esquivel (@palomaesquivel) December 2, 2015
Scene in front of the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino pic.twitter.com/fteJDgmYqD— Paloma Esquivel (@palomaesquivel) December 2, 2015
What is the Inland Regional Center?
The Times explains that the fatal mass shooting in San Bernardino took place at a facility dedicated to helping people with disabilities. At the time it was unclear if the attack was connected to the facility.
Video: Police storm building
At first, Dorothy Vong assumed it was a drill – just like all the others at her work. At the Inland Regional Center, where she’s a nurse, the staff works with clients and parents of clients who are sometimes angry. They have active-shooter drills every month or so.
“Drill started,” she texted her husband, Mark, around 11 a.m. She walked to a window nearby and filmed a video as law enforcement sprinted toward the building.
“Oh, that is scary,” a voice says calmly in the background.
At the scene: Police are in active pursuit of undetermined suspects right now in a residential area. https://t.co/NmXIffSaVu— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 2, 2015
Shooter was man who attended party
Second shooter is a woman
2 suspects dead at the scene, one male one female, according to press conference happening now.— Paloma Esquivel (@palomaesquivel) December 3, 2015
Suspects confirmed dead
San Bernardino fire officials point public to latimes.com
The San Bernardino Fire Department, which was first to tweet news about a mass shooting, points followers to latimes.com for live updates.
Families await word
In the neighborhood where the shootout took place
As night falls, neighbors recount terror as scores of rounds of bullets passed nearby.
Tashfeen Malik, 27, is identified by police as the second shooter. Authorities at the time said she and Syed Farook were a couple.
Farook had traveled to Saudi Arabia
Coworkers tell The Times that Syed Farook recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a new wife he had met online. The report is the first to disclose details that later emerge as significant.
Custom digital presentation
The Times in-depth report summarizes the chaotic day of events, including a comprehensive timeline of the shooting and aftermath.
San Bernardino shooting victims: Who they were
A Times database tells the stories of the 14 people killed, as well as some of the wounded. Among the dead: A father of six. A free-spirit who befriended strangers in the grocery store checkout line. A mother of three who fled religious persecution in Iran. A woman who was 8 when she and her mother left Vietnam for a better life. The youngest was 26. The oldest was 60.
For victim’s boyfriend, 22 hours of conflicting reports, then heartbreak
Ryan Reyes dropped off his boyfriend, Daniel Kaufman, at work Wednesday at 7 a.m. and traded texts and photos with him throughout the morning.
“He was his usual cheerful, chattering self,” Reyes said.
Kaufman, 42, ran the coffee shop in building 3 at the Inland Regional Center, training the developmentally disabled clients who worked there.
The last message from Kaufman arrived at 10:37 a.m. — a picture of a friend he had met at a comic book conference.
Video: San Bernadino vigil
Tashfeen Malik got resident status via marriage.
We disclose that Farook and Malik have been in touch with a third terrorist suspect in California, which the FBI later confirmed. We also reveal that there is a “deeper terror matrix” behind the shootings, borne out later in Enrique Marquez’ indictment and Malik’s private messages on Facebook.
Syed Rizwan Farook wanted a wife “who takes her religion very seriously.” He found Tashfeen Malik online. They seemed the answer to each other’s longings. What ignited their rage?
FBI raids home of San Bernardino shooters friend over gun purchases
San Bernardino massacre shows terror attacks could be harder to stop, analysts say
This in-depth analysis three days after the slaughter explains how the San Bernardino shooting fits a pattern of recent terrorist attacks in the U.S.: each was inspired by foreign terrorist groups but not directed by them. The story reveals a critical theory of the case – that no evidence has emerged to link Farook and Malik to a larger conspiracy organized by Islamic State or other extremist group.
Worshipers in San Bernardino pray, grieve and try to make sense of the shooting
What Obama talked about
Couple had been radicalized ‘for quite some time’ before attack, officials say
We reveal that Farook and Malik had been long radicalized and had practiced target shooting at a local gun range. The story also discloses that the two semi-automatic assault rifles used in the rampage were purchased by a neighbor and friend who shared Farook’s radical beliefs.
Online loan may have helped couple fund their terror arsenal in San Bernardino attack
We report that the Farook-Malik couple secured a $28,500 loan in advance of the shootings, and authorities believe it helped them buy guns, ammo and explosives. We disclose that Farook left a bag of pipe bombs inside the building, apparently to target first-responders, and that the couple had studied “Inspire” magazine, the Al Qaeda handbook for building homemade bombs.
San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead
Customers rush to gun stores to ease fears after San Bernardino shooting
Pakistanis question teachers, students at seminary attended by San Bernardino shooter
San Bernardino shooters began plotting attack before their marriage, FBI chief says
We were first to report that Farook and Malik had radicalized online for years before they met. We also reported that Farook had planned terrorist acts in 2011 and 2012, years before he met Malik online, and that Enrique Marquez, Farook’s former friend and neighbor, had purchased two rifles used in the San Bernardino rampage. Marquez would later be charged with multiple felonies.
Enrique Marquez, who bought rifles used in San Bernardino attack, had deep ties to gunman
Amid Farook family violence, brothers were a study in contrasts
‘All hell broke loose’ as police chased the San Bernardino shooters
Tashfeen Malik messaged Facebook friends about her support for jihad
We report exclusively that Malik sent at least two private messages on Facebook in 2012 and 2014 to friends in Pakistan, embracing jihad long before she and her husband carried out the San Bernardino attack. The FBI later confirmed the story, while knocking back a New York Times story that said she had publicly posted here support on social media.
Marquez and Farook plotted campus and freeway attacks, prosecutors allege
We break news of Enrique Marquez Jr.’s arrest two minutes after he is formally charged, beating all other news organizations. The story shows how Marquez and Farook considered other deadly terrorist plots long before Farook and his wife used Marquez’ guns to carry out the San Bernardino attack.
Pentagon weighs cybercampaign against Islamic State
We were the first to report that the White House wanted options for stepping up cyber attacks against Islamic State after investigators discovered that Farook and Malik had pledged allegiance to the group’s leader the day of the San Bernardino massacre.
What Tashfeen Malik’s visa application reveals about the San Bernardino killers
We were the first to get Malik’s K-1 visa application and produce a comprehensive story that shed light on the couple’s first meeting in Mecca and decision to marry.