Obama: ‘It’s possible’ San Bernardino shooting was terrorism

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday “it’s possible” the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., was terrorist related.

“At this stage we do not yet know why this terrible event occurred,” Obama said, speaking from the Oval Office, while raising the possibility the shooting could also have been the result of workplace violence.

On Wednesday, 14 people were killed in a shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center, marking the deadliest shooting in the U.S. since more than two dozen, mostly children, were killed in Newtown, Conn., nearly three years ago.

“Our first order of business is to send our thoughts and prayers to those who have been killed,” Obama said.

The president said the FBI is investigating the shooting and said it “may take some time” to determine why the shootings happened, adding there “may be mixed motives.”

“We all have a part to play,” including legislators, to make it harder for people to do harm, Obama said.

“Now it’s just too easy,” he said.