Terror investigation after Texas man kills female Lyft driver, steals car and opens fire in Plano PD
Texas man kills Lyft driver, steals her car and drives to police station where he opens fire before being shot dead: Police launch terrorism investigation after shooter finds out ‘inspired by propaganda’
- Imran Ali Rasheed, 32, called a Lyft to an address in Garland, Texas on Sunday
- Isabella Lewis, 26, arrived to pick him up before noon and Rasheed shot her dead
- He stole her car and drove 10 miles to Plano, Texas and went to the police station
- Rasheed was described as acting erratically when he entered the building
- He left, then came back with a gun and opened fire, and was shot by officers
- No one in the police station was injured, but Rasheed died in the hospital
- On Monday, police revealed he had been under investigation for 2010-2013 terrorism
- They found a note in the Lyft car that they said indicated terrorist inspiration
- Police declined to say which group inspired him to carry out the act
A terrorism investigation has been launched in Texas after a man shot and killed a Lyft driver, stole her car and drove to a police station where he opened fire.
Imran Ali Rasheed, 32, was under investigation for suspected terrorist sympathies from 2010 to 2013, police said Monday.
Shortly before noon on Sunday, he called a Lyft to an address in Garland, Texas and shot the driver, 26-year-old Isabella Lewis.
He stole her car and drove 10 miles to Plano, where he entered the police station lobby and was described as “behaving unpredictably.”
He left the lobby, returned with a semi-automatic pistol in his right hand, opened fire at a civilian employee and was shot by officers with three shots, before dying in hospital.
Imran Ali Rasheed, 32, was shot dead by police in Plano, Texas, on Sunday. On Monday, it emerged that he had left a note suggesting a terrorism motive and inspiration from a foreign terrorist organization
Isabella Lewis, a Lyft driver, got a call from Rasheed. “We think he called a Lyft, and she was the one who showed up,” police said. Rasheed then shot and killed her and stole her car
On Monday, police said he left a note in the stolen Lyft, prompting police to call in the FBI and open a terror investigation.
“In our search for clues, we found a note in the car that gives us some sort of motive for both shootings, as well as a motive for us to talk to the FBI,” said Jeff Bryan, chief of police for Garland.
The contents of the note were not disclosed.
“Rasheed may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization to commit these acts,” said FBI Dallas special agent Matthew DeSarno.
“That’s really as much as I can say about that, but the bottom line is we think he might be inspired.”
He added: “I have not found any evidence that he was directed by or in contact with foreign terrorist actors.
‘He was inspired by rhetoric and/or propaganda. He was not instructed to do this.’
FBI Dallas special agent Matthew DeSarno said they now believe Rasheed was inspired by a foreign terror group — but he acted alone
DeSarno declined to name the terror group, or say whether it was the same group he was feared associated with in the previous investigation.
“I don’t want to give any organization the chance to claim credit for this,” he said.
He said they believe Rasheed acted alone and have no evidence that he knew Lewis.
Isabella Lewis didn’t know her killer, police believe
“At this time, we do not believe that the suspect received help from others or that others were involved in the incident,” he said.
DeSarno added: “I cannot discuss the details of the investigation.
‘We have looked at the steps that have been taken and I am pleased that the investigation team has done this well and thoroughly.
‘There comes a point in every investigation when we can no longer consider investigating a subject. And the investigation team decided he posed no threat. That was eight years ago.’
Plano Police Chief Ed Drain said Rasheed did not live in Plano and they did not know why he had traveled to their town to carry out his attack.
“We have no idea why he came to Plano to confront the police,” Drain said.