Fox News Report: San Bernardino Shooter Received $28,500 Deposit Two Weeks Before Attack

| by Jared Keever
Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik at O'Hare Airport.Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik at O'Hare Airport.

Investigators are reportedly looking into a $28,500 deposit made to one of the San Bernardino shooter's bank accounts.

A “source close to the investigation” has said investigators are trying to determine if the large deposit was a loan taken out by Syed Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, who killed 14 and wounded 21 others in a massing shooting in San Bernardino, California, on Dec. 2, Fox News reports.

The deposit to Farook’s account, according to Fox, came via Utah-based, on or around Nov. 18. describes itself as “a leading provider of national consumer and commercial private-label and bank card financing programs,” according to Fox.

The anonymous source, who was not authorized to speak on the record about the federal investigation, reportedly told Fox that on or around Nov. 20, Farook withdrew $10,000 in cash and in subsequent days made three $5,000 transfers to another account that may belong to Farook’s mother. representatives reportedly declined to answer reporters' questions about the transaction. 

David Weidman, a spokesman for Union Bank, which owns the branch where Farook reportedly made the $10,000 withdrawal, declined to answer specific questions about that particular transaction, but confirmed the bank is working with the FBI. 

“We are cooperating to the full extent of the law with the agencies conducting investigations into this tragedy,” Weidman said. 

The source said investigators are looking into whether that $10,000 cash withdrawal went to Enrique Marquez, the man who is believed to have purchased the two semi-automatic rifles used in the shooting. 

“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,” John D'Angelo, assistant special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said during a Dec. 7 news conference, according to Fox. 

At that same news conference, David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles field office, told reporters that it appeared Farook and Malik “were radicalized and have been for quite some time.”

“The question for us is how, and by whom, and where,” he added, according to CNN. 

Bowdich said investigators currently have no evidence that the plot for the attack extended outside the U.S. Radicalization could have happened at home, he added. 

“Remember, oftentimes, it's on the Internet,” Bowdich said. “We just don't know. I don't want to speculate ... Right now, we're looking at these two individuals. And we are beginning to focus, to build it out from there.”

Sources: Fox News, CNN / Photo credit: Chicago O’Hare Airport via CNN, ABC 7