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Uninvited Media "Bombarded" San Bernardino Shooters’ Home, Landlord's Wife Says

Journalists crammed inside the home of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik on Friday, airing personal contents and documents on live television in the process.

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SAN BERNARDINO, California — An uninvited horde of media "bombarded" the home of the San Bernardino shooters early Friday, showing drivers licenses and Social Security cards on live television in the process, according to the wife of the landlord of the premises.

Inside, dozens of reporters crammed around each other to record what was essentially a boarded-up time capsule for the moments Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik rolled out to gun down holiday party-goers at a social services center on Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others.

Partially eaten bread, a stack of dirty dishes, and an opened tin of apple-flavored baby formula were among the items left out in the kitchen. In another part of the house, a Fox News crew rifled through medicine left inside a closet. In the downstairs living room the FBI left behind a four-page list of items they seized including, 13 boxes of 50 round 22 caliber bullets, 10 boxes of 100 round nine millimeter bullets, and 14 boxes of 50 round nine millimeter bullets.


Throughout corridors and rooms, cameras pushed onto the backs of reporter's heads as they angled for a shot, some transmitting live from the packed two-story apartment.

Family photos were left scattered on a bathroom sink — two reporters sat in the adjacent bathtub to record each picture. Three toothbrushes leaned against each other inside a cup.

Inside what appeared to be the baby's room was an Islamic manners activity book for children. Near a desk with a computer screen was Farook's Cal State Fullerton graduate identification card.

MSNBC was the first news outlet to get live shots from inside, followed by CNN, with both outlets saying they had been granted permission to enter.

MSNBC came under fire for broadcasting sensitive information on family members of the shooting suspects including social security numbers and the names of children.

"Although MSNBC was not the first crew to enter the home, we did have the first live shots from inside," a spokesperson said in a statement to the Washington Post. "We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review."

The landlord of the apartment complex, Doyle Miller, 81, appeared to show reporters around as they filmed.

Doyle told BuzzFeed News that law enforcement told him it was fine to allow people in. When asked why he did, he said, "That's the question."

"I opened the door, looked in, and all of a sudden they rushed in," Doyle said.

When asked if the reporters said anything before they approached, he said, "no." When asked if he was fine with letting people in, he said, "I guess I am."

Doyle was later reportedly seen being escorted into a car away from the media scrum.

Miller told CNN that at one point, there were so many members of the media inside the the apartment that he had trouble seeing anything else.

His wife, Judy Miller, told BuzzFeed News late Friday that reporters "bombarded the apartment."

"I can tell you that my husband did not allow all the press," she said in an email. "He went in to take pictures of the inside and got bombarded! I don't know what more we can say."

At one point, even civilians and neighborhood residents began entering the home, including one woman with a dog in tow, CNN reported.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference later in the day, FBI Asst. Director David Bowdich said his agents had executed a search warrant and left a receipt, as required by law, of what had been taken.

"Once we turn that location over to the occupants, once we board it up, anybody that goes in has nothing to do with us at that point," he said.

Miller's wife, Judy, began kicking people out. She told BuzzFeed News she interviewed the family when they moved in in mid-May. They paid $1,200 a month, she said.

The landlords had initially arrived to take photos for insurance purposes.

"I have to get in the property to see what I'm going to have to do to clean it up," Doyle told BuzzFeed News. "It's not real. How do you get it to stop?"

Ema O'Connor contributed to this report.

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