The FBI is investigating whether a Texas man accused of killing a Lyft driver and opening fire in a police the station was inspired by the foreigner The Terrorists.
Imran Ali Rasheed, 33, left a letter saying he “may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization,” said Matthew De Sarno, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Dallas.
“At this point, we do not believe that the suspect, Imran Ali Rasheed, received help from others or that others were involved in these incidents. However, our priority of investigation is to fully determine the extent of his relations and contacts, “the The FBI office in Dallas tweeted on Monday.
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Rasheed ordered a Lyft carpool on Sunday in Garland, then gunned down driver Isabella Lewis. Police then found Lewis’ car at a Plano police station where Rasheed opened fire in the lobby and was subsequently fatally shot by police.
Rasheed was the only one injured in the shooting at the police station.
Police said there was no known link between Lewis and Rasheed, and officials said it was not clear why he targeted the Plano Police Department.
“We have no idea why he came to Plano to find the police,” said city police chief Ed Drain.
Rasheed was previously the subject of a counterterrorism investigation from 2010 to 2013, according to DeSarno. The case was, however, closed after investigators reported it did not pose a threat.
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Now the FBI is working “with our law enforcement partners to determine what led to the incidents and whether it was an act of terrorism, ”and said further information will be released upon verification.
DeSarno also sent his condolences to Lewis’s family, assuring them that authorities are working to do justice in the case.
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“Our condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones of Isabella who are currently suffering. I can assure you that all FBI resources are working closely with our partners to ensure that justice is done,” DeSarno said.