2 December 2015
Perhaps not known about me, but I am the true news junky, especially since I’ve been retired (three years). Fact is, the daily feed is where I get a lot of the stuff for this cyber rag sheet. So it was on Wednesday we prepared for lunch and switched on CNN. WTF! See the above.
“No way! That’s last week’s news.”
“No, that was Colorado. This is California.”
“Colorado, California, what’s the difference?’
“One’s by the ocean. This is a different shooting.”
Who would have believed it? Two mass shootings in this country inside a week? Then go ahead and believe it. As of Wednesday there have been 354 mass shootings in 2015, this being number 354. Here is number one:
Number 1: 1/1/2015, Robert Sanders and Ladarius Berry, 5 injured, Memphis, TN
Another mass shooting on Wednesday. There were two that day. This one got the headlines. Fourteen people killed, 21 wounded and still alive. Here’s how it broke throughout the day:
Multiple shooters. They made their getaway in a black SUV.
It was as bad as it gets. This was the worst since Columbine.
Witnesses reported “as many as three suspects.” They were on the loose in a major California city.
Later in the day, turning back to the screen, police cars are racing down city streets, charging through traffic lights.
And here’s where they were heading.
It was a Bonnie and Clyde repeat, only this time it was Bonnie and Syed. Police trapped two shooters on the street in the sought-after SUV and let loose with hundreds of rounds.
It was looking like 1934 all over again.
Only this time the desperado pair had a heads-up, and shots were exchanged. Police officers were wounded.
The carnage was no less terrific. There were bodies and weapons all over. The shooters had some amazing firepower.
The killers turned out to be a married couple. The man was Syed Rizwan Farook, and his wife was Tashfeen Malik. Farook was an American from Illinois, raised in Southern California. Malik was originally from Pakistan but obtained a visa and a green card to live in the U.S. after marrying Syed. Both were Muslims, a fact that points to a possible factor in the massacre.
Syed worked at the place where the killings took place, and on Wednesday morning he attended a Christmas party with his co-workers, before departing abruptly after some sort of dispute. He returned minutes later with his wife, both now dressed in all black and sporting body armor and carrying weapons. Police arrived four minutes after the first 911 call was received, but the pair had already departed.
Before setting out on their deadly adventure, the couple left their six-month-old baby with its grandmother, who was living with them.
Large parts of this story are at odds with the typical terrorist attack. Neither Daesh nor any other terrorist group is claiming credit, although in previous such events somebody has always been quick to get their name out front. Despite leaving over 1000 rounds of ammunition plus bomb-making materials in their rented town home, the couple failed to raise the suspicions of neighbors and relatives. Neither Syed nor Tashfeen had caught the attention of federal intelligence, although there had been some notice of Syed’s interest in terrorist propaganda. Nobody has yet put out comments from the grandmother.
And something remarkable has happened. As I write this it’s Friday morning, and there have been no additional mass shootings in this country. We celebrate small blessings.
Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.