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Obama: California shooting motive not clear

Thursday, December 03, 2015 - 01:54

U.S. President Barack Obama says investigators do not yet know why two suspects carried out a mass shooting in Southern California, but vows to ''get to the bottom of this.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday (December 3) that investigators do not yet know why two suspects killed 14 people and wounded 17 others in a mass shooting in Southern California, but vowed that the FBI and law enforcement would "get to the bottom of this." "It is possible that this was terrorist related. But we don't know. It is also possible that this was workplace related," Obama told reporters after meeting with his national security advisers in the Oval Office. He vowed to get to the bottom of the shooting and said the U.S. will be vigilant about getting the facts before issuing any judgments about how the shooting occurred. Obama also called on legislators to take additional steps to make it harder for individuals to get access to weapons because "right now it's too easy," he said. The suspects in the shooting, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who had a 6-month-old daughter together, were killed in a shootout with police after Wednesday's bloodshed at the Inland Regional Center in the city of San Bernardino, a social services agency where Farook worked as an inspector. Meredith Davis, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), said two rifles and two handguns recovered at the scene of the shootout were bought legally in the United States. Two of the guns were purchased by someone "associated with this investigation," while the buyer of the other two was not linked to the investigation, she said. The long guns were .223-caliber and their ammunition can go through protective vests and walls, Davis said.

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Obama: California shooting motive not clear

Thursday, December 03, 2015 - 01:54