San Bernardino shooter's brother is Navy veteran

Posted at 1:10 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 16:10:51-05

The man who opened fire at a San Bernardino social services center has a brother who is a U.S. Navy veteran and has been recognized for his service, multiple media outlets reported.

A Navy representative told the New York Daily News that Syed Raheel Farook enlisted in the Navy in 2003 and served four years as a computer technician.

Navy records obtained by BuzzFeed showed Syed Raheel Farook served on the USS Enterprise and won the following awards during his service: the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Farook's brother, Syed Rizwan Farook, was named as one of two people who carried out the Dec. 2 mass shooting that claimed 14 lives and injured 21 others.

The San Bernardino Tragedy:

According to authorities, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, fired as many as 75 rounds during a gathering in a room at the Inland Regional Center. The couple were dressed in tactical gear and carried multiple weapons at the time.

Four hours later and two miles away, authorities said Farook and Malik died following a pursuit and gun battle with law enforcement officers.

At the social services center, the couple left three rigged-together pipe bombs with a remote-control detonating device that apparently malfunctioned, and they had more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition remaining when police killed them in their rented SUV, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

At a family home in the nearby town of Redlands, they had 12 pipe bombs, tools for making more, and over 3,000 additional rounds of ammunition, the chief said.

On Friday, the FBI deemed the massacre an act of terrorism. The rampage was the nation's deadliest mass shooting since 2012, when 26 children and adults were slain in Newtown, Connecticut.