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Couple practiced at shooting ranges before California attack.

Federal authorities discovered an empty GoPro package, shooting targets and tools inside a black Lexus sedan registered to the mother of jihadist Syed Rizwan Farook. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pakistani woman accused of carrying out a mass shooting last week in Southern California was one of 519 Pakistanis approved to come to the U.S. to marry a U.S. citizen last year.SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — In the chaotic aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings, as the wounded bled from gunshots, others lay dead and police searched for multiple killers, an officer relayed the name of a suspect to dispatchers.

As investigators work to determine the backgrounds and motivations of the married couple suspected in last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, contradictory claims have emerged from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia about where the wife, Tashfeen Malik, spent her formative years. — Days before killing 14 people at a holiday party, Syed Farook practiced with a rifle during one of several recent visits to a Southern California shooting range, authorities said.

Tashfeen Malik’s path to the United States raised immediate questions about the government’s system for vetting foreign fiancés after her role in the deadly attack was revealed. Relatives and acquaintances of Malik in Pakistan said she had grown up in Saudi Arabia and had been influenced by its deeply conservative interpretation of Islam. It also emerged Tuesday that a deposit of $28,500 was made into Farook’s bank account about two weeks before the attack, a source close to the probe told Fox News. The discovery of empty GoPro packaging is particularly intriguing as rumors surfaced shortly after the shooting that the killers used GoPro cameras to capture the carnage. Mourners also gathered Monday at San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors building to mark the first day about 20,000 county employees returned to work since the shooting.

Farook visited Riverside Magnum Range on Nov. 29 and 30, according to an instructor at the range about 20 miles from the Inland Regional Center, where the couple opened fire on Farook’s co-workers Dec. 2. The couple, who the FBI said had become radicalized, died about four hours later in a firefight with officers in this city an hour east of Los Angeles. The $28,500 deposit, which was made on or about Nov. 18, came from WebBank.com, which describes itself on its website as a Utah-based provider of “national consumer and commercial private-label and bank card financing programs.” Authorities are investigating whether the transaction was a loan taken out by Farook, who earned $53,000 a year with the county as an environmental health inspector.

John Galletta said Monday that nothing was out of the ordinary about Farook’s behavior but that Farook asked a range employee why his rifle might be smoking. The source described the financial transactions as “significant evidence of premeditation,” Fox News reported, and discount the theory that an argument at a Dec. 2 Christmas party sparked the massacre in which 14 people died and 21 were wounded. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday the FBI was examining whether the mother had any involvement in the attack or prior knowledge of the plot “very, very closely.” Farook is also reported to be a member of the Islamic Circle of North America.

Relatives of Malik, 29, said that she had moved with her father, an engineer, from a remote district of Punjab Province in Pakistan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when she was a young child. The source told the network there is additional evidence of premeditation with a charge on Nov. 30 for the rental of the SUV that Farook and Malik used to flee from police before they were killed in a shootout. Raymundo dropped to the floor and huddled under a table with other colleagues as bullets sprayed the room that had been decked out with a Christmas tree, ornaments and other seasonal decor. “It’s constant shots and constant firing, and all you can think of is, ‘Why don’t they stop?’” Raymundo said Monday in her first public comments since the slaughter. “It was just endless.” “Everyone was trying to be quiet and not draw attention to themselves as they were trained to do, to try to find as much protection as you can,” said Corwin Porter, assistant director of the department. “Unfortunately the room just didn’t provide a whole lot of protection.” Family members of witnesses said the initial gunfire lasted about 30 seconds and then the shooters reloaded and fired again before fleeing without saying a word. Meanwhile, Syed Farook’s father, also named Syed, is being monitored by the FBI because of his son’s terrorist status and his own trips to Pakistan.

From 2007 to at least 2012, Malik studied in Multan, Pakistan, the main city in southern Punjab, where one faculty member recalled her as a “Saudi girl” because her religious observance was so much stricter than that of her peers. Newly released emergency radio transmissions from the fast-moving tragedy show that police identified Farook as a suspect almost immediately, even though witnesses reported that the attackers wore black ski masks.

Farook, 28, visited Saudi Arabia twice, once for the hajj pilgrimage between October 1 and October 20, 2013, and once for an off-season pilgrimage known as umrah for nine days in July 2014. Marquez has not been charged with a crime. “We weren’t quite sure if it was an exercise the staff were throwing that they forgot to tell us about,” he said, “but we all reacted instinctively and went under our tables.” Pritchard reported from Los Angeles.

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