Plano, TX – Federal officials announced late Monday that the gunman who murdered a Lyft driver and then opened fire in Plano police headquarters on Sunday had previously been investigated and may have been inspired by terrorist groups.
The incident began just before noon on Aug. 29 when Garland police received a call about a woman who had been shot and had her car stolen, KTVT reported.
Just moments later, at about 12:15 p.m., Plano police received a report about a man acting erratically outside the police headquarters located in the 900-block of 14th Street, KDFW reported.
Police said the suspect, who was wearing a black shirt and mask, walked into the lobby of headquarters and then left.
Then he returned to the lobby a moment later with a handgun and started shooting at a civilian police employee who was in the process of assisting a visitor, KXAS reported.
“The subject raised the weapon in his right hand and fired in the direction of the civilian employee. At that time the civilian employee and citizen were able to escape to a side room,” Plano Police Department Spokesman Jerry Minton said.
Two officers quickly responded to the lobby and returned fire, KXAS responded.
“And officers that were actually located inside the police department at that time heard the shot, heard the commotion going in the lobby. They confronted the suspect and exchanged gunfire, striking the individual,” Minton said, according to KDFW.
The wounded suspect was transported to the hospital and later died.
Shortly after the incident, officers found a car belonging 26-year-old Isabella Lewis, the Lyft driver found murdered in Garland an hour earlier, in the police headquarters parking lot.
Police said 32-year-old Imran Ali Rasheed called a Lyft for a ride and then shot Lewis when she arrived to pick him up, KDFW reported.
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