A lawyer representing the family of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook has questioned accounts of the mass shooting Wednesday morning that left 14 people dead, using Sandy Hook trutherism to support his theory.
Attorney David Chesley expressed skepticism at the accuracy of information released by the police and FBI after Farook and his Pakistan-born wife Tashfeen Malik gunned down 14 people at the Inland Regional Center before they were killed in a shootout with police, the Daily Mail reported.
“There were a lot of questions drawn with Sandy Hook and whether or not that was a real incident or not,” Mr. Chesley told reporters alongside family attorney Mohammad Abuershaid.
“Obviously, these things were found there, how they got there we don’t know,” Mr. Chesley said of the nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition and a dozen pipe bombs that police said they found at the couple’s home.
Wednesday’s shooting in San Bernardino is the deadliest in the U.S. since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where Adam Lanza, 20, gunned down 20 children and six teachers before shooting himself to death.
Asked directly if he doubted the events of Sandy Hook, Mr. Chesley said, “There has been a lot speculation about it is all I would say,” the Daily Mail reported.
“There’s a lot of people that said it happened but hasn’t happened in the way that it was purported to have taken place,” he said. “There’s no question that incidents have taken place and evidence was found but we just question some of that.
“There is a lot of motivation at this time to emphasize or create incidents that will cause gun control or prejudice or hatred toward the Muslim community,” he said.