Farook got $28500 loan before San Bernardino shooting

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Couple practiced at shooting ranges before California attack.

CALIFORNIA gunman Syed Farook had $US28,500 ($39,221) deposited into his bank two weeks before the shooting, as the FBI puts Farook’s dad on its watch-list.Federal authorities discovered an empty GoPro package, shooting targets and tools inside a black Lexus sedan registered to the mother of jihadist Syed Rizwan Farook.

While investigators have denied that Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, used GoPro cameras when they slaughtered 14 people in San Bernardino, the empty GoPro boxes were among several items — including a hammer, vise grips, and an Apple iPhone — recovered from the car, according to the Daily Mail. — Days before killing 14 people at a holiday party, Syed Farook practiced with a rifle during one of several recent visits to a Southern California shooting range, authorities said. In the days before the December 2 massacre there were three transfers of $5000 each to an account associated with Farook’s mother Rafia, sources close to the investigation told Fox News.

Mourners also gathered Monday at San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors building to mark the first day about 20,000 county employees returned to work since the shooting. Farook visited Riverside Magnum Range on Nov. 29 and 30, according to an instructor at the range about 20 miles from the Inland Regional Center, where the couple opened fire on Farook’s co-workers Dec. 2.

Documents confirm the car was insured by Farook’s 62-year-old mother Rafia, who lived in the same home in Redlands, California, where he and Malik built pipe bombs and stored thousands of rounds of ammunition. The $28,500 deposit, which was made on or about Nov. 18, came from WebBank.com, which describes itself on its website as a Utah-based provider of “national consumer and commercial private-label and bank card financing programs.” Authorities are investigating whether the transaction was a loan taken out by Farook, who earned $53,000 a year with the county as an environmental health inspector.

John Galletta said that nothing was out of the ordinary about Farook’s behavior but that Farook asked a range employee why his rifle might be smoking. The discovery adds a chilling new dimension to the ongoing FBI investigation as helmet-mounted GoPros have been used by ISIS fanatics before to capture dramatic footage for online recruitment videos. The source described the financial transactions as “significant evidence of premeditation,” Fox News reported, and discount the theory that an argument at a Dec. 2 Christmas party sparked the massacre in which 14 people died and 21 were wounded. The four-door sedan was located just a few minutes’ walk from the Farooks’ apartment as FBI agents stormed the property last Wednesday afternoon to search for guns and explosives.

It was not immediately clear whether Farook attended the session, according to county spokeswoman Felisa Cardona, who said it was held in November or December 2014. An inventory left behind on the front seat read: ‘Apple iPhone, multi-tool, key, business card, miscellaneous indicia, bank receipt, shooting targets, hammer, vice grips, U-Haul receipt, tire receipt, notebook, garment, GoPro packaging, vacuumings, legal documents’.

Meanwhile, Syed Farook’s father, also named Syed, is being monitored by the FBI because of his son’s terrorist status and his own trips to Pakistan. Syed Farook is also listed on insurance documents as a named driver but it is now known whether he or his mother drove the 2005 vehicle more, or who the GoPro and the items found inside belonged to. Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the FBI was examining what Rafia knew about her son’s plans and his massive weapons hoard. Lawyers representing her and her three other children, Syed Raheel, Eba, 24, and Saira, 32, insist they had no inkling that two of their loved-ones were about to launch the worst terror attack on US soil since the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.

Farook, a 28-year-old restaurant inspector born in the U.S. to a Pakistani family, and Malik, a 29-year-old immigrant from Pakistan, attacked the holiday luncheon around the same time Malik pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on Facebook, authorities said. Mr Farook despaired at the choice his son had made and questioned why with a stable income, a new baby daughter and a seemingly happy marriage and life he appears to have become radicalized into following ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Newly released emergency radio transmissions from the fast-moving tragedy show that police identified Farook as a suspect almost immediately, even though witnesses reported that the attackers wore black ski masks.

TV reporter Vester Lee Flanagan attached a camera to himself before gunning down 24-year-old Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward, 27, at close range. The two assault rifles used in the attack had been legally purchased by an old friend of Farook’s, Enrique Marquez, authorities said, but they are still trying to determine how the couple got the weapons. Marquez has not been charged with a crime. “We weren’t quite sure if it was an exercise the staff were throwing that they forgot to tell us about,” he said, “but we all reacted instinctively and went under our tables.” Pritchard reported from Los Angeles.

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