A Texas man might have been impressed by international terrorists when he murdered his Lyft driver, then opened fireplace inside a neighborhood police station, authorities stated.
Imran Ali Rasheed, 33, was fatally shot by cops within the foyer of the Plano Police Division on Sunday, after he killed 26-year-old driver Isabella Lewis and stole her automobile, in response to officers.
Rasheed, who’d beforehand been investigated by the FBI, left a observe in Lewis’ automobile that led investigators to imagine he was a follower of the “rhetoric” and “propaganda” of an unnamed terrorist group, stated Matthew DeSarno, particular agent accountable for the FBI Dallas workplace.
“The early portion of this investigation, we nonetheless have an extended option to go right here, has revealed that Rasheed might have been impressed by a international terrorist group to commit these acts,” DeSarno advised reporters at a press briefing on Monday.
“At this level we don’t imagine that the suspect … was offered help by others or that others had been concerned in these incident.”
Rasheed was probed by the FBI counterterrorism unit from 2010-13 however discovered to not be a menace on the conclusion of the investigation, DeSarno stated. It wasn’t clear what had been the person on the FBI’s radar to start with.
Rasheed had hailed Lewis by means of Lyft on Sunday earlier than midday within the city of Garland, authorities stated. He shot her and pulled her out of her automobile. Police stated. They didn’t know one another, cops stated.
When Garland police had been known as to the scene, they discovered Lewis lifeless and her automobile lacking. Rasheed had taken her automobile to Plano, the place he went into the foyer of the native police division, in response to authorities.
He walked in a second time armed and fired off a shot at a civilian worker, cops stated throughout their briefing. After gunshots rang out, a police officer tried to fireplace at Rasheed by means of bulletproof glass whereas a second officer got here in by means of a aspect door and fatally shot Rasheed 3 times, cops stated.
Lewis’ automobile and the observe had been later discovered within the parking zone. The FBI was known as in after cops discovered the observe, however authorities wouldn’t say what precisely the observe stated or what terrorist group it could have talked about.
With Publish wires.