Two days after a horrific shooting killed 14 people in San Bernardino, a number of television news channels have descended on the rented home of the suspected killers. Reporters seem to have been allowed inside by the owner of the home, although he has since disputed that claim. The FBI's investigation into the couple, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, is still ongoing, making the home a crucial source of evidence. Still, it seems to have been left completely open to the landlord, allowing him to pry open boards that had been placed over the entrance and invite camera crews from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and other outlets inside.
Per reporter on the air, Inside Edition paid $1000 to get into the apartment before.— Irin Carmon (@irin) December 4, 2015
From there, reporters crowded into the dark townhouse in search of any objects that might provide insight into Malik and Farook's terrible crime. The most controversial moment arrived when an MSNBC crew obtained a driver's license belonging to Farook's mother, who was not involved in the shooting and has not been accused of any crime. Displaying the license to the camera, crews revealed her birthday, height, weight, full name, and address, potentially endangering her safety should anyone seek retribution for the attack.
The network has since apologized for showing the ID card. "MSNBC and other news organizations were invited into the home by the landlord after law enforcement officials had finished examining the site and returned control to the landlord," a representative said in a statement. "Although MSNBC was not the first crew to enter the home, we did have the first live shots from inside. We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review."
The scene also does not appear to have been limited to the press. A number of outlets reported a bystander entering the scene with her dog. Other visitors were spotted on camera removing objects from the scene. In a statement to Grasswire, the San Bernardino sheriff reiterated that the home was not a cleared crime scene.
3:28PM ET: Updated to include MSNBC statement.