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The San Bernardino Shooters’ Ammo Stockpile Was Huge

The husband-and-wife killers had more than 6,000 bullets, along with rifles and explosives in a deadly suburban stash

Dec 03, 2015 at 3:48 PM ET

Police confirmed on Thursday that San Bernardino shooters Tashfeen Malik, 27, and Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, had amassed a huge arsenal of guns, ammunition and explosives at their home in Redlands, California.

In a press conference, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan detailed the stockpile. The couple had 1,400 .223-caliber rounds and 200 9-mm rounds of ammunition either on their person or in the SUV in which they were both eventually shot by SBPD officers. Investigators also found 2,000 9mm rounds and 2,500 .223-caliber rounds at their home in a later raid, Burguan said.

In total, the San Bernardino shooters had more than 6,000 ammunition rounds at their disposal, according to Vocativ’s calculations. And while it’s a huge amount of ammunition, capable of causing death on a massive scale, the total price-tag for the ammunition would be less than $2,000 at average prices. Laid out, the scale of their stockpile is staggering:

On average, .223-caliber rounds cost around 35 cents each, and 9-mm rounds clock in at 22 cents each. Totting up the number of rounds Malik and Farook had on their person and in their house–at least 4,051 .223-caliber and 2,200 9-mm rounds–would bring the price-tag of all the rounds investigators said they found to $1,901.85.

The shooters reportedly used two assault rifles and two handguns in the attack on Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring 21. The four weapons were all legally obtained, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Thursday. The assault rifles were a .223-caliber DPMS Model A15 and a Smith & Wesson M&P15. One of the handguns was manufactured by Llama, and the other by Smith & Wesson, authorities said, The New York Daily News reported. The DPMS rifle is mentioned on a list of firearms prohibited in California in 2000. DPMS advertised the gun as part of its Black Friday sale on November 28. The company has not tweeted since the shootings, and their website’s stores is currently “unavailable due to site maintenance.”

Malik and Farook were reportedly married and the parents of a six-month old child. Both suspects were killed hours after the massacre in a shootout with police.