Fluid Situation in San Bernadino – was it Terrorism?

Fourteen people have died, and 17 injured in the shooting situation in San Bernadino, California. The suspects were described as wearing all black with masks, and carrying AK47-style weapons. “Dressed in tactical clothing” is what the police used as a description.

Some who have been listening to police scanners during this situation heard a middle eastern name. Is it possible that law enforcement knew something and did not tell the media? The FBI said they were “adjusting” their investigation toward the possibility of terrorism, but did not want to “go down that road” yet.

Screenshot of police vehicle

Let’s talk terrorists

Suspicious items were left behind in the Inland Regional Center, and law enforcement is working on those items now.

The police department chased a black SUV and that’s when they developed information about an address in nearby Redlands.

Police stopped the SUV and a firefight ensued. One police officer was wounded in the exchange, though his injuries are not life-threatening.

Screenshot of the scene of the police shootout

After the gun fight, two of the suspects are dead: one is male, one is female. Both were armed with rifles and handguns. Police are taking a cautious approach to the vehicle as there are some potentially dangerous items around it.

A third person who ran from that scene has been “detained,” but it is unknown whether that person is actually involved.

Officials stated that they did not know a motive. But the fact that officials have refused to “go down that road” by talking about terrorism is telling.

There are several important things to note with this incident:

This was a pre-planned attack

Although someone stated that it could have stemmed from a “dispute,” that is highly unlikely. The men who carried out this attack did so with forethought and attention to detail.

At around 4:58 p.m., police shut down a street at Center and Pines in Redlands, and were attempting to serve a “high risk” search warrant that was reportedly related to the shootings. There could be devices left behind, so they are proceeding cautiously.

The suspects were trained, and were wearing military gear and/or body armor. Those things are not the signature of a “dispute.”

The attackers had an escape plan

A high percentage of active shooter situations are handled at the scene. The fact that these suspects had a method of getting away from the main scene until later is not the mark of a “heat of passion” moment.

One thing that is taught to law enforcement regarding terrorists is that often they execute plans to test response times of emergency personnel. They learned that here in spades. They know the cost of a public attack when maximum law enforcement is present. They don’t care if they die. They got their information.

Bomb threats and Explosives

At 2:30 p.m., a bomb threat was received at Loma Linda University Medical Center. No device was found at that time. The hospital remains on heightened alert.

An item thought to be a pipe bomb was rendered safe and found not far from the last neighborhood where the shootout occurred.

There were some type of explosives left at the IRC, according to the FBI.

The question: is it a coincidence that a major law enforcement “drill” was being conducted nearby?

A MAJOR law enforcement drill was being held nearby this situation. The suspects KNEW ahead of time, as all the information was out in the public view.

Ask yourself if a) this was a practice to see how well a plan could be executed in the midst of law enforcement, and b) was it a test of response times for emergency personnel in the worst case scenario. Things that make you go hmmm…


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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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