The murderous duo sprayed bullets inside a conference room, slaughtering colleagues who earlier this year had thrown a shower for their new baby.
A co-worker at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health said Farook was a reserved man who had just returned from paternity leave.
“He was very quiet,” Griselda Reisinger told the LA Times. “I would say hi and bye, but we never engaged him in conversation. He didn’t say much at all.”
Reisinger, who left the agency in May, said there were a lot of workers unhappy with management in the department.
But Farook “never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious,” she said.
Patrick Baccari, who shared a cubicle with Farook, said his colleague appeared to be “living the American dream” with his new wife and baby.
Baccari and another worker said Farook rarely started a conversation but was well-liked.
Baccari said that when Farook disappeared just before the photo session at the party, someone asked, “Where’s Syed?”
The slaughter took place inside the largest conference room at the facility, where the party was being held.