As the holiday gathering got under way Wednesday morning, Syed Farook joined dozens of his colleagues from San Bernardino County’s public health department. Farook, a food inspector, seemed quiet during the early hours of the event, then vanished just as a group photo was about to be taken.
Shorty afterward, gunfire erupted at the Inland Regional Center where the employees filled a conference room. And within hours, law enforcement sources identified a Syed Farook as a suspect in the massacre and said he was shot to death in a gunbattle with officers.
Police officials released little information about the suspects, including where they worked. And the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, did not provide any details about the suspect other than his name.
Co-workers told The Times they were shocked to hear Farook’s name linked to the shooting. Two who were in the bathroom when the bullets began to fly said he was quiet and polite, with no obvious grudges.
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