Following the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 people dead, the attention of investigators has fallen on the perpetrators - Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.
The F.B.I. is treating the case as terrorism and Malik’s activities and alleged proclamation of allegiance to ISIS are under review, the New York Times reported. Now authorities have released the first photo of Malik, the shooter who was also the mother of a 6-month-old baby:
Malik came from Saudi Arabia to the United States on a K1 visa, better known as a “fiancé visa,” and married Farook, ABC News reported. Authorities are still working to ascertain how, when and if Malik became radicalized. Both Malik and Farook were Muslim and Farook was born in the United States, although his parents were from Pakistan like Malik, the New York Times reported in a separate story.
Authorities are still unsure what role Malik could have played in pushing the couple into such a violent act. “I don’t know the answer, whether she influenced him or not. Being a husband myself, we’re all influenced to an extent. But I don’t know the answer,” said FBI Special Agent David Bowdich.
There is currently no indication that Malik or Farook had any direct links to ISIS.