California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Bernardino on Friday, just ahead of President Obama’s visit, to enable state agencies to help County officials deal with the aftermath of the mass shooting.
The shooting was the second-deadliest mass shooting in California, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks.
Obama’s visit to Southern California was added to his previously scheduled trip to Hawaii, where he and the first family will celebrate Christmas, as has been their tradition during his presidency.
During his San Bernardino stop, Obama will visit privately with families of victims.
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire two weeks ago at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, killing 14 and wounding 22 in the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since 9/11. Farook and Malik, who were married, were killed in a gun battle with police hours later.
The subsequent investigation has revealed that Farook, a U.S. citizen, and Malik, who entered the U.S. on a so-called fiancee visa, had been plotting an attack for months. Both pledged allegiance to Islamic State.