There’s an 18-minute gap in the San Bernardino shooters’ movements, FBI says

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FBI Los Angeles Assistant Director David Bowdich, alongside other law enforcement officials, on the latest findings in the San Bernardino shootings case Tuesday.

Federal investigators said they’re unable to track an 18-minute gap in the timeline of events on the day of the December massacre in San Bernardino, California, when two radicalized shooters opened fire and killed 14 people at a company holiday party.

Between 12:59 p.m. and 1:17 p.m. on Dec. 2, the whereabouts of gunmen Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, remain unknown, said David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. Following the shooter, the couple was spotted later that day in Redlands, California, a nearby neighborhood. Authorities pursued the couple, until the shooters died in a shootout with police that same day.

The FBI urged the public to call 1 (800)-CALL-FBI with any information, photographic, video and otherwise, that would help investigators understand the couple’s back-and-forth movements that day.

“We want to make sure we know if they stopped at any location, any residence, any businesses,” Bowdich said at a news conference Tuesday. “We want to ensure if they made contact with anyone that we don’t already know about between that hours, or between that time, that we’re able to fully investigate those matters.”

Investigators were able to piece together events at the Inland Regional Center, where the shooting took place, and the couple’s movements in Redlands, but there was apparently a lot of “zig-zagging” movements between the day’s violent bookends.

“There is no rhyme or reason to it that we can find yet,” Bowdich said.

After the shooting, the couple visited a nearby lake at 11:45 a.m. The FBI had conducted a search, looking for clues, but ultimately concluded that there was no evidence to connect to the shootings.

Bowdich said he wanted to leave no stone unturned in the investigation, adding there’s no evidence to indicate that the shooting was “foreign-directed,” but nothing has been ruled out.

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