A Texas man may have been inspired by foreign terrorists when he murdered his Lyft driver, then opened fire inside a local police station, authorities said.
Imran Ali Rasheed, 33, was fatally shot by cops in the lobby of the Plano Police Department on Sunday, after he killed 26-year-old driver Isabella Lewis and stole her car, according to officials.
Rasheed, who’d previously been investigated by the FBI, left a note in Lewis’ car that led investigators to believe he was a follower of the “rhetoric” and “propaganda” of an unnamed terrorist organization, said Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI Dallas office.
“The early portion of this investigation, we still have a long way to go here, has revealed that Rasheed may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization to commit these acts,” DeSarno told reporters at a press briefing on Monday.
“At this point we do not believe that the suspect … was provided assistance by others or that others were involved in these incident.”
Rasheed was probed by the FBI counterterrorism unit from 2010-13 but found not to be a threat at the conclusion of the investigation, DeSarno said. It wasn’t clear what had been the man on the FBI’s radar to begin with.
Rasheed had hailed Lewis through Lyft on Sunday before noon in the town of Garland, authorities said. He shot her and pulled her out of her vehicle. Police said. They didn’t know each other, cops said.
When Garland police were called to the scene, they found Lewis dead and her car missing. Rasheed had taken her vehicle to Plano, where he went into the lobby of the local police department, according to authorities.
He walked in a second time armed and fired off a shot at a civilian employee, cops said during their briefing. After gunshots rang out, a police officer tried to fire at Rasheed through bulletproof glass while a second officer came in through a side door and fatally shot Rasheed three times, cops said.
Lewis’ car and the note were later found in the parking lot. The FBI was called in after cops found the note, but authorities wouldn’t say what exactly the note said or what terrorist organization it may have mentioned.
With Post wires.