Divers search lake for evidence in Southern California massacre

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Divers Search for Electronics of San Bernardino Attackers.

LOS ANGELES, United States—Divers on Thursday searched a California lake near the site of the San Bernardino massacre looking for evidence that may have been left by the husband and wife behind the attack. — The gunman who killed his co-workers in San Bernardino and the friend who bought the assault rifles used in the shooting were related through marriage and may have plotted an attack together three years ago. David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s office in Los Angeles, told reporters there were indications that US-born Syed Farook and his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik had visited the park where Seccombe Lake is located on the day of the December 2 shooting or previously. New revelations from officials and public records show a much deeper connection between Syed Rizwan Farook and Enrique Marquez than previously disclosed.

The Los Angeles Times, quoting law enforcement sources, said divers were looking for electronic devices, a hard drive and other items linked to the shooters. Authorities have said that the couple, who left behind a six-month-old daughter, had been radicalized for some time and practiced target shooting at a gun range days before the attack that killed 14 and injured 22. Officials had previously put the number of injured at 21 but Bowdich said a woman who was at the holiday party where the killing took place had come forward this week and checked herself into hospital. The search is related to the investigation into the massacre, according to a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly.

The FBI’s director, James Comey, told the Senate Judiciary Committee a day earlier that the shooters were radicalized well before Malik came to the United States on a fiancée visa and had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013. Marquez and Farook ‘‘were plotting an actual attack’’ that year, including buying weapons, but shelved the plan because of law enforcement activity and arrests in the area, said Idaho Senator Jim Risch, a Republican on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

His brother-in-law, Raheel Farook, a Navy veteran, served from 2003 to 2007 and earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among other awards. He did not describe the nature of her injuries. “The investigation, as I’ve mentioned many, many times, is massive, and it’s going to take time,” he said.

Tommy Lopez, who said he became friends with Marquez after meeting at a punk rock show seven months ago, said he never talked about his wife and was not religious.

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