Investigators searched for motives and evidence in the case of a California couple who killed 14 people at a holiday Christmas party, while a poll released on Friday showed Americans are losing faith in the U.S. government’s ability to protect them from militant attacks.
A Gallup poll of 1,013 adults conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday showed 55 percent of respondents had a “fair amount” or “great deal” of confidence that authorities could prevent further attacks, a 12-point drop from June.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, committed what the Federal Bureau of Investigation has called an act of terror when they opened fire on the party in San Bernardino on Dec. 2. Twenty-one people were also wounded.
Farook, 28, a U.S.-born son of Pakistani immigrants, and Malik, 29, a Pakistani native he married last year in Saudi Arabia, died hours after the attack in a shootout with police. Malik had declared loyalty to the militant group Islamic State on social media before the attack.