San Bernardino shooters radicalized ‘for quite some time,’ FBI says

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San Bernardino shooters Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Both killers in last week’s San Bernardino, California, shooting “were radicalized and have been for quite some time,” said David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. “The question for us is how, and by whom, and where were they radicalized? Maybe there’s not a by whom,” Bowdich told reporters Monday. “Oftentimes it’s on the Internet, and we don’t know.”

So far, he said, investigators haven’t found any evidence of a plot for the attack extending outside the continental United States.

“Right now we’re looking at these two individuals,” Bowdich said, “and we are beginning to focus, to build it out from there.”

The killers participated in target practice at ranges in the Los Angeles area before the shooting, Bowdich said. In at least one occasion, he said, the target practice occurred within days of the shooting.