San Bernardino attacker was ‘normal guy’ while practicing at shooting range – Los Angeles Times

One of the San Bernardino attackers practiced firing a military-style weapon at a Riverside County gun range, according to an employee who described him as a “normal guy.”

John Galletta, a firearms instructor at Riverside Magnum Range, said shooter Syed Rizwan Farook had practiced there before, but couldn’t comment on when or how frequently he stopped by.

Galletta said Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, had never been there.

As for Farook, a co-worker at the range described him as “a normal guy,” Galletta said.

The company has turned over surveillance footage and sign-in logs to the FBI, he said.

Galletta said Farook practiced with an AR-15 and that he brought his own weapon. It wasn’t clear if that is the only type of weapon he practiced with, he said.

The FBI said Monday that the San Bernardino shooters had been radicalized “for quite some time,” but investigators are still trying to determine whether they had links to foreign terror organizations.

Officials also said Farook and Malik, had gone to gun ranges in the Los Angeles area in the days before Wednesday’s massacre, in which 14 people were killed and 21 were injured.

Federal investigators did not know how the couple had become radicalized, said David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. 

“Remember, oftentimes it’s on the Internet,” he cautioned.  


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