Farook family attorneys urge media not to jump to conclusions about the San Bernardino shooters' motivations


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Farouk family attorneys Mohammad Abuershaid and David Chesley address reporters about the San Bernardino shooting investigation on Friday, December 4, 2015.

Attorneys who represent the family of Syed Farook, one of the two suspects involved in the fatal shooting in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 people, say there's no proof linking the shooters to a broader terrorist organization.


Mohammad Abuershaid and David Chesley emphasized that most of the evidence focuses on Facebook posts made under an alias by Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik.

When asked to explain possible motivations for the attack, Chesley said at a news conference Friday that co-workers made fun of Farook for his beard and said he was isolated with few friends.

Abuershaid and Chesley said the family was shocked by the attack at the Inland Regional Center and they saw no signs that the couple would be aggressive or had extreme views.

The FBI has said it's investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism.


Malik, 27, a native of Pakistan who lived in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years, and her U.S.-born husband, Syed Farook, 28, were killed in a shootout with police hours after the Wednesday attack during a holiday party at the social services agency in San Bernardino, about 60 miles (100 km) east of Los Angeles.

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