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Enrique Marquez, ex-neighbor of San Bernardino shooters, charged

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NBC has confirmed that this is a photo of Enrique Marquez, the man who bought the two semiautomatic rifles used in the San Bernardino shooting. NBC has confirmed that this is a photo of Enrique Marquez, the man who bought the two semiautomatic rifles used in the San Bernardino shooting.
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Enrique Marquez, the friend and former neighbor of the San Bernardino shooters, has been charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, illegal purchase of weapons and defrauding immigration authorities.

The charges are the first to stem from the Dec. 2 massacre by Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, which left 14 people dead.

Court papers do not allege that Marquez was involved in the Dec. 2 attack. Instead, they say that in 2011 and 2012, Marquez and Farook planned terrorist attacks that were not carried out.

But the complaint does says that Marquez bought the AR-15-style rifles used in this month's shooting and that he also bought explosive material ultimately used to construct a pipe bomb found at the massacre scene.

"Even though these plans were not carried out, Mr. Marquez's criminal conduct deeply affected San Bernardino County, Southern California and the entire United States when the guns purchased by Marquez were used to kill 14 innocent people and wound many others," U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement.

"While there currently is no evidence that Mr. Marquez participated in the December 2 attack or had advance knowledge of it, his prior purchase of the firearms and ongoing failure to warn authorities about Farook's intent to commit mass murder had fatal consequences."

On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey said agents have found no connection between Farook and the people arrested back then.

He also said -- despite some reports to the contrary -- that investigators have found no social media postings by Tashfeen Malik in the months before she came to the US.

That means the State Department and Homeland Security officials who reviewed her background before giving her a fiancee visa did not miss any publicly available social media postings. All her statements in support of jihad, Comey says, were in private messages or e-mails.

And the White House says President Obama will visit with shooting victims and their family members in San Bernardino tomorrow. 

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