San Bernardino County workers are back on the job days after shooting

7 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

San Bernardino County increasing security.

Five days after a married couple attacked a public health department holiday party, killing 14 and injuring 21, San Bernardino County employees returned to work. “We stand here this morning as testimony that no Dec. 2 anywhere, no act of terrorism anywhere, will succumb, will invest fear, will provide any kind of an end to the hard work, to the dedication of every single San Bernardino County employee,” County Supervisor Josie Gonzales said Monday as county offices reopened. We held each other and we protected each other through this horrific event, and we will continue to hold each other and protect each other through the unimaginable weeks and months ahead.” Raymundo and Corwin Porter, an assistant director, were among the hundred or so employees at Wednesday’s training event and holiday party when a colleague, Syed Farook, and his wife, Tafsheen Malik, barged in and started shooting. The difference, officials said, is that Level One security guards are trained to observe and report, whereas Level Three security guards are armed and able to detain individuals.

Officials didn’t give specific details on the security measures, but Ramos said they’re reaching out to county employees about what they think needs to be done. And I want you to every day be grateful for those of us that were spared.” “They were upbeat, they were happy, they were learning from each other, which is indicative of what this group has always been,” she said. “I want to make it clear that this is a very tight, close-knit group. Also speaking at Monday’s news conference was County Public Health Director Trudy Raymundo and Department of Environmental Health Services Division Chief Corwin Porter, who were among those who attended the holiday party that was attacked. Michael Neeki, one of the first physicians to respond to the mayhem at the Inland Regional Center, said as an immigrant to the U.S. — and an escapee of terror — he felt especially sad.

Neither Farook, who was born in Chicago, nor Malik, a Pakistani who grew up in Saudi Arabia, are believed to have been members of a terrorist cell, although authorities said Malik pledged allegiance to Sunni extremists ISIS on social media just before the attack. James Ramos, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said county buildings would see an increase in security guards and that many of them would be armed, but declined to go into details. The shooting roughly 50 miles northwest of the Coachella Valley was the country’s deadliest since 27 people were killed in a 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Federal authorities Sunday continued their probe into the backgrounds of the shooters to determine what set off their radical turn and if they received outside financial support to carry out the massacre. The FBI on Sunday seized items from the home of Enrique Marquez Jr., a friend of Farook, as investigators try to determine whether he purchased two semiautomatic rifles used in the shooting. Six of them were treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton and one of them remains hospitalized, doctors said during the news conference. But Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the L.A. area, later spoke out to say the elder Farook was “dealing with a lot of stress” and didn’t remember making those statements.

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