Neighbors of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who stormed a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others, react to the shooting with shock, surprise and anxiety. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Neighbors of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were trying to make sense early on Thursday (December 3) of the news the couple had donned assault clothing, armed themselves with rifles and stormed a holiday party attended by San Bernardino County employees, killing 14 people and wounding 17 others. Farook and Malik dropped off their six-month-old baby with Farook's mother before the attack, saying they were going to a doctor's appointment. After a shootout with police, they were both dead, leaving a grieving community with few clues to puzzle out the motive for the carnage. "I always look at the houses and that one in particular always looks empty. I never saw someone outside. Typically, you see a father and a daughter walking, but always that house looked quite empty outside, but nothing out of the strange," said neighbor Abril Vazquez Thomas Bowen was teaching in San Bernardino on Wednesday (December 2) when news of the shooting put schools on lockdown. "You know, I was talking with a lot of people, called me from all over because they know that we're right in it and they know that I teach in San Bernardino, that we were locked down yesterday. Then I came home thinking: oh, thank God everyone is safe, saying some prayers and then I get here and I'm locked down at home," he said. Ferna Conradi said the news left her frightened. "I was scared. I had little dogs that hadn't been fed and they were scared. It's very scary," she said. She said she was suprised the suspects lived in her neighborhood. "I never saw anything all all. Very surprised. It's a little town, very quiet town. You just have to have your guard up." Officials from San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan to President Barack Obama said the attack may have been an act of terrorism but that a motive had not yet been determined.