Report Gives Glimpse Into San Bernardino Gunman’s Work Life Before Deadly Mass Shooting

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Ivan Ibarra, left, Freddy Ibarra, Bryan Alcaraz, Emmanuel Acosta and Julian Herrera kneel in prayer for the victims of the shooting rampage in San Bernardino. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Away from their downtown cubicles for the day, they gathered in a conference room on the south end of town for their annual training and Christmas potluck party. Chris Nwadike brought doughnuts. His colleagues sat around him at a folding table with a festive tablecloth and a decorative fir branch.

Ever the diligent worker, Syed Rizwan Farook had arrived first and took the seat at the head of the table. The tech-savvy restaurant inspector, 28, had taught his co-workers how to use some new computer programs and had won TGI Friday gift cards for his good performance.

Now they would play a game to win more gift cards. The 75 or so workers in the room were handed wireless clickers so they could answer yes or no questions on a big screen. Fun, true-or-false questions about one another at first, then training ones.

The woman delivering the clickers came to their table.

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