Crime & Justice

San Bernardino shooting: Obama to meet with victims; Husband, wife privately discussed commitment to jihad

This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. The husband and wife died in a fierce gunbattle with authorities several hours after their commando-style assault on a gathering of Farook's colleagues from San Bernardino County's health department Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.
This undated combination of photos provided by the FBI, left, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. The husband and wife died in a fierce gunbattle with authorities several hours after their commando-style assault on a gathering of Farook's colleagues from San Bernardino County's health department Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015.
FBI, left, and California Department of Motor Vehicles via AP

President Barack Obama plans to meet with families of the victims of this month's mass shooting in San Bernardino. The White House says the meeting is set for Friday.

Obama is adding the stop in Southern California to a previously scheduled trip to Hawaii for Christmas vacation.

Meanwhile, the FBI director says the husband-and-wife team who killed 14 people in San Bernardino communicated privately about jihad before they were married, but there is no evidence to suggest the couple posted publicly on social media about it.

James Comey spoke Wednesday at a New York City security initiative with private businesses. He says the couple communicated online before they met in person, during which they discussed a mutual commitment to jihad and martyrdom.

Comey also said the July 16 attack in Chattanooga on two military sites where five U.S. service members were killed was terrorism. The FBI had previously hesitated to call it a terror attack.

Comey says he understands Americans are jittery, but citizens should try to channel their awareness into vigilance, not panic.

This story has been updated.