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A terrorism investigation was opened in Texas after a man shot and killed a Lyft driver, stole his car and went to a police station where he opened fire before being killed by police.
Imran Ali Rasheed, 32, was investigated from 2010 to 2013 for alleged terrorist sympathies, police said on Monday.
BREAKING: @FBIDallas says Imran Ali Rasheed (32) shot-and-killed Isabella Ann Lewis (26) and then fired a gun inside @PlanoPoliceDept in a possible act of terrorism. Rasheed was shot-and-killed by officers. He was investigated in 2010-2013 for terrorism ties but cleared. @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/35FvWQm5kV
— David Sentendrey (@DavidSFOX4) August 30, 2021
Just before noon on Sunday, he called Lyft at an address in Garland, northeast of Dallas, Texas, and shot driver Isabella Lewis, 26, to death.
She stole her car from her and drove 10 miles to Plano, where he entered the police station lobby and was described as “erratic”.
He left the room, then came back with a semi-automatic pistol in his right hand, opened fire on a civil servant and officers shot him with three bullets, who then died in the hospital.
Police said Monday they left a note about the stolen Lyft, prompting the police to call the FBI and start a terrorist investigation.
“While we were looking for clues, we found a slip of paper in the car that gave us a reason for these two hits and a reason for us to talk to the FBI,” said Jeff Bryan, Garland’s chief of police.
The content of the note was not disclosed.
“Rasheed may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization to commit these acts,” said Matthew DeSarno, the FBI special agent in Dallas.
“That’s really all I can say about it, but in the end we think maybe he was inspired.”
He added: “I have not found any evidence that he was in contact with or had contact with foreign terrorist actors.
“He was inspired by rhetoric and / or propaganda. He wasn’t instructed to do it.
DeSarno refused to name the terrorist group or to say if it was the same group he feared in previous investigations.
“I don’t want to give any organization a chance to get credit,” he said.
He said they believed Rasheed had acted alone and that he had no evidence that he knew Lewis.
“We do not believe, at this time, that the suspect received any help from anyone or that anyone else was involved in the incident,” he said.
DeSarno added: “I cannot discuss the details of the investigation.
“We have reviewed the actions taken and I have no doubt that the investigation team did it correctly and accurately.
“With every investigation, there comes a time when we can no longer think about investigating a topic. And the case team decided it wasn’t a threat. It was eight years ago.
Plano police chief Ed Drain said that Rasheed did not live in Plano and that they did not know why he had come to their city to carry out his attack.
“We have no idea why he came to Plano to confront the police,” Drain said.