SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (FOX 11/FOX News) - A $28,500 deposit was made to Syed Farook's bank account from WebBank.com on or about Nov.18, some two weeks before he and his wife Tashfeen Malik carried out the San Bernardino massacre, a source close to the investigation told Fox News Monday.
From Phil Shuman:
The makeshift memorial to the victims of the San Bernardino tragedy is growing daily. There are flowers, candles, signs, and , interestingly, many small American flags.
People come from near and far. I spoke to a couple from Australia , Phillip and Darleen Cooper. "We're actually driving from la to vegas on our vacation.. there's no way I could've gone so close to where where something like this happened without paying our respects to families who lost people.... it's awful.
Australia is considered one of the most successful examples of implementing strict new gun control, which has drastically reduced gun deaths, after a mass shooting there in 2006. They even passed a nationally funded gun buyback program which was hugely successful.
On the investigative front , a report first broken on Fox News is helping to paint more of a picture of the suspects, without really giving us any definitive answers to key questions such as ''did they have help'" Apparently Farook applied for and successfully received a $28,500 dollar loan through an internet banking site called Webbank.com .
That money was then wired into his account at Union Bank, and a few days before the attack 10,000 dollars was withdrawn. What did he do with that ? Buy the rifles from his former neighbor? Ammunition? Bomb making supplies? Tactical gear? SUV rental?
So far the FBI is saying nothing about any of this. Spokespeople for Webbank.com and Union Bank simply told me , in essence, they are cooperating fully with investigators. So while all but four people have been released from the hospital, the body count still stands at 14 plus to two dead 'terrorists, Farook and his wife Tafsheen Malik. What pushed them to act that day, what ''radicalized'' them, what filled them with rage and hate and made them kill Farooks coworkers and friends? We don't know and it's not clear that we ever will.
Investigators are exploring whether the transaction was a loan taken out by Farook, who with his wife killed 14 and wounded 21 when they opened fire at a holiday lunch. He earned $53,000 a year with the county as an environmental health inspector. Investigators are also exploring the possibility that a subsequent cash withdrawal was used to reimburse Enrique Marquez, the man who bought the two AR-15 semiautomatic rifles used in the San Bernardino shootings. Marquez, who could be charged, especially if it is determined that he illegally modified the weapons, is now reportedly answering investigators' questions.
"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 Monday.