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San Bernardino shooting: Couple suspected of rampage had baby registry

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On the surface, the young couple suspected of slaughtering 14 people in a mass shooting Wednesday appeared to be living a normal life in suburban California. Like many expectant parents, they created an online baby registry this spring.

The purported registry at Target for Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, listed four items on their wish list — pampers, a car seat, baby wash and safety swabs.

The listing is under Malik’s name, mentions the nearby city of Riverside as the address and a baby due date of May 17. NBC News could not immediately verify the registry’s authenticity.

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The couple has a 6-month-old daughter who was left in the care of her grandmother before the pair allegedly carried out their rampage at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Farook, who was born in the United States, worked as a county health inspector for five years.

As officials try to piece together a motive, one former co-worker told the Los Angeles Times that Farook never “struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious.”

Griselda Reisinger also told the newspaper that she heard the office had recently thrown a baby shower for the new dad and that he had taken paternity leave.

Farook’s brother-in-law provided few details about the couple during a news conference Wednesday, and offered condolences to the victims. He said Farook and Malik lived with Farook’s mother in Redlands and that prior to the shooting, they had left their 6-month-old child with Farook’s mother and said one of them had a doctor’s appointment.

Farook and Malik were either married or engaged to be married, police said.

Authorities, meanwhile, have not ruled out terrorism as a possible reason for the bloodshed, but said Farook was at a holiday party Wednesday morning and that there were reports of a dispute before he left.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said Farook returned with Malik wearing tactical gear and armed with assault-style rifles when they were killed. He added that “there had to be some degree of planning.”

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com


Massacre in San Bernardino, California: A dramatic day unfolds
Gunmen opened fire at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, Wednesday, killing at least 14 people and injuring at least 14 more.

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San Bernardino shooting: Couple suspected of rampage had baby registry

Updated