With the intense focus on the supposed Islamic Bonnie and Clyde team of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a lot of people seem to have forgotten that the initial reports of the San Bernardino shooting on December 2 fingered 3 white guys. Cops on KTLA reported that witnesses said as much. One Sally Abdelmageed was an eyewitness to the tragedy, and she spoke to CBS news, as related here by Zero Hedge:
“I heard shots fired and it was from you know an automatic weapon. […] very unusual. Why would we hear shots? As we looked out the window a second set of shots goes off […] and we saw a man fall to the floor. Then we just looked and we saw three men dressed in all black, military attire, with vests on they were holding assault rifles. As soon as they opened up the doors to building three […] one of them […] started to shoot into the room.”
When asked what the gunman that shot into the room looked like the eyewitness replied:
“I couldn’t see a face, he had a black hat on […] black cargo pants, the kind with the big puffy pockets on the side […] long sleeve shirt […] gloves […] huge assault rifle […] six magazines […] I just saw three dressed exactly the same”.
“You are certain you saw three men,” the newscaster asked Abdelmageed.
“Yes,” said Abdelmageed.
“It looked like their skin color was white. They look like they were athletic build and they appeared to be tall.”
Indeed, the Fox affiliate in Los Angeles tweeted that police were seeking 3 white males in relation to the shooting, in this tweet helpfully screen-capped at patheos.com in a story by Lilandra Ra:
Hard to mistake 3 tall white guys with athletic builds for a guy and a woman who by most accounts is somewhat petite. You’d think witnesses would’ve noted that. On the one hand, the argument could be reasonably made that in the chaos of the moment, ascertaining the number of attackers might be difficult. On the other hand, though, that same chaos would likely burn the image of the attackers into one’s mind.
One of the more ridiculous aspects of the story, the “inexplicably intact passport” trope, we might call it, was that Tashfeen Malik “pledged allegiance to ISIS” on Facebook just before the attack. We imagine that (extremely unlikely) scenario here:
Keep your eyes and ears peeled…