San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan also said at a news conference Wednesday evening that it was not clear if that person is connected to shooting that killed at least 14 people at the Inland Regional Center.
Police say suspected gunmen, 28-year-old Syed Farook and 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, who family members say was his wife, were killed in a shootout with police. The family at first was concerned that Farook might be a victim of the shooting because they knew he worked as an environmental inspector at the county’s health department and sometimes worked at the Inland Regional Center, Ayloush said.
Officials didn’t rule out terrorism and said they were investigating any possible connections to Islamic State, but so far had uncovered nothing linking the pair to the terrorist group. She alleged that same year that her husband attacked her while her kids were present, dropped a TV on her and pushed her toward a auto.
As the manhunt dragged on, stores, office buildings and schools were locked down in the city, and roads were blocked off.
Officers say a tip led them to the home earlier in the day, where they say they found the suspects’ vehicle.
Mr Burguan said officers went to a house in Redlands and saw the couple leave in a black SUV. Public records show it is a possible residence of a family member of Farook.
The aftermath of the shootout was captured live by television news helicopters.
Meredith Davis of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives says investigators are now working to make a connection to the last legal purchaser.
A third person seen running from the scene was detained, but police said it was unclear whether that person was involved.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the attack by his homeland security adviser.
“I think we’re leaning more towards a pipe bomb-type design, but specifically what it was made of, I don’t have that right now”, Burguan said.
He said: “It is a possibility, but we don’t know that”.
Police conducted raids throughout the surrounding neighborhood for hours to look for the shooters. “They knew exactly which way they needed to escape”, Southers said. However, the conference room that hosts public events such as Wednesday’s banquet is usually left open when visitors are expected. Obama said the suspects in the Wednesday shooting were equipped with weapons at the time they were killed by police and appeared to have access to more at home. “There’s nothing else you can do”, said survivor Melinda Rivas.