An unknown source says a $28,500 deposit has been made into the account of one of the two San Bernardino shooters weeks before the massacre.
The $28,500 deposit to Syed Farook’s bank account from WebBank.com on November 18 made the FBI authorities look into the matter and investigate if the transaction was a loan taken out by Farook, who with his wife stormed a holiday party in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday and killed at least 14 people, Fox News reported.
Investigators are also exploring the possibility that a subsequent $10,000 cash withdrawal was used to reimburse Enrique Marquez, the man who bought the two AR-15 semiautomatic rifles for Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.
“Right now our major concern at the FBI, the ATF, and the JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) is determining how those firearms, the rifles in particular, got from Marquez to Farook and to Malik,” assistant special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, John D’Angelo, told reporters in California on Monday.
The source also described both the money and large cash withdrawal as “significant evidence of pre-meditation,” and further undermined the premise that an argument at the Christmas party on December 2 led to the shooting.
If the massacre proves to have been the work of people inspired by the Daesh Takfiris, it would mark the most lethal terror attack in the United States since September 11, 2001.
The San Bernardino shootings have also made Islamophobia a significant theme of the US 2016 presidential race. On Sunday, US President Barack Obama urged Americans not to scapegoat Muslims for the attack, but a day later, Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump called for a "complete" ban on Muslims entering the United States.