MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement Thursday condemning the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people.
Jaylani Hussein, the council’s executive director, says the Minnesota Muslim community feels “revulsion, horror and shock” over the deadliest mass shooting in the nation since 2012.
“The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any action that harms innocent civilians,” Hussein said in the statement.
The shooting happened Wednesday at a holiday party inside a large government building. Syed Farook, 28, and his wife, 27-year-old Tashfeen Malik, fired 65 bullets at the party-goers, killing 14 and wounding more than a dozen others.
The suspects fled form the scene and were later killed in a shootout with police. Hundreds of rounds of ammunition and pipe bombs were found in their home.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. The FBI says it has not ruled out terrorism as a possibility.
Friends of Farook told CBS News that he was a Muslim and “very passionate” about his religion. A source told CBS News that Farook and his wife were looking at ISIS propaganda online.