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Report: San Bernardino Shooter 'Radicalized and in Touch with People Being Investigated by FBI'

First responders attend to people outside a Southern California social services center in San Bernardino, where one or more gunmen opened fire, shooting multiple people on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (KNBC via AP)

San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook was “apparently radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism,” CNN reported Thursday.

According to law enforcement sources, Farook’s  radicalization played a role in the mass shooting that took place during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County Public Health Department.

The San Bernardino massacre shooters had extensive amounts of ammunition and in their home at the time they were killed in a shootout with police, the city’s police chief said Thursday.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, fired between 65 and 75 rifle rounds during the shooting at a county health department holiday party, then unloaded about that number in a later confrontation with police.

Fourteen died in the holiday party carnage and 21 more were wounded, according to Burguan. He said two police officers suffered injuries in the subsequent shootout.

Authorities later found thousands more rounds of ammunition at the couple’s residence, 12 pipe bombs and hundreds of tools that “could be used to construct IEDs or pipe bombs,” the chief said.

Burguan said “we still don’t have a motive,” but speculated that the couple may have been planning more attacks.

President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that workplace grievances played a role in the carnage when he said that the attackers may have had “mixed motives.”