GARLAND, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A note left in the vehicle of a Lyft driver who was shot and killed on Sunday, Aug. 29, suggests the murder suspect “may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization,” said FBI Dallas special agent Matthew DeSarno.
Authorities on Monday identified the Lyft driver and gunman, who was later shot dead by Plano police at police headquarters.
Isabella Lewis (credit: Garland PD)
The driver, Isabella Lewis, 26, from Garland, was shot and killed by… Imran Ali Rasheed, 32, when she went to pick him up, police said.
Imran Ali Rasheed (Texas driver’s license photo)
DeSarno said the Dallas FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force joined the investigation by the Plano and Garland police forces to see what led to the murder and whether it was an act of terrorism.
“Rasheed may have been inspired by a foreign terrorist organization to commit these acts,” DeSarno said. “I have not found any evidence that he was directed by or in contact with foreign terrorist actors. He was inspired by the rhetoric. He was not ordered to do this.”
Rasheed was also the subject of a counter-terrorism investigation from 2010 to 2013.
“At this time, we do not believe that the suspect received help from others or that others were involved in the incident,” DeSarno said.
There is no indication that Rashid and Lewis made each other new.
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Just before noon Sunday, Garland police responded to a call for a gunshot wound on the 400 block of Forest Gate Drive.
According to the police, someone was shot and the victim’s car was stolen, according to the caller.
When officers arrived, they found a woman with a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
“She went there to pick up a customer or drop off a customer. We still don’t know why she was at that location, but it was a hired ride,” said Matt Pesta of the Garland Police Department .
A Lyft spokesperson has since released the following statement:
“We are heartbroken by this incident and our hearts are with the driver’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. Security is fundamental to Lyft and we stand ready to assist law enforcement.”
Minutes later, at about 12:15 p.m., officers responded to a complaint from a man who was behaving “irregularly” for the Plano Police Department.
Prior to their arrival, the suspect entered the hall of the ward. And when he entered the lobby a second time, officials said he showed a gun, raised it and then fired it at a civilian police officer assisting a visitor.
Both the employee and the visitor took shelter in a secure room next to the department lobby, police said. At the time, two police officers reportedly responded from the building and exchanged fire with the suspect.
No police officers or visitors were injured.
Plano Mayor John Muns issued the following statement:
“What could have been a horrific tragedy was avoided thanks to the swift and effective action of our Plano police officers…I applaud the response of the officers who prevented a dangerous situation from turning deadly.”