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San Bernardino Mass Shooting Suspects Had Infant Daughter

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In the deadliest mass shooting since Sandy Hook in December 2012, 14 people were killed and 17 people injured when Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, parents of a 6-month-old daughter, allegedly opened fire yesterday at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif.

While law enforcement officials have yet to determine a motive for the killings, and are investigating whether it was terrorism-related or an incident of workplace violence, reports indicate that the pair wore "assault-style clothing" and were armed with assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns, according to Time magazine.

Not only that, but other reports say that the pair wore GoPro cameras and had "multiple pipe bombs" in the black SUV they used to get away from the scene. They were later killed in a shootout with law enforcement officers.

Whatever their motives, they "came prepared to do what they did as if on a mission," San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said.

The pair left their infant daughter with her grandmother before the attack, according to NBC News.

The massacre has once again stirred debate about gun violence in America, as this is the second high-profile mass shooting in a week, after a man was accused of killing three at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado on November 27.

However, while firearm homicides have sharply declined by 49 percent since 1993, according to Pew Research Center and overall gun deaths in America numbered 33,636 in 2013 (out of roughly 100 million gun owners in the U.S. and between 270 million and 310 million guns in the country as of 2014), mass shootings number 355 this year.

"We need to make sure when individuals decide they want to do harm we make it harder because right now it's just too easy," President Barack Obama said in a press conference today.

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