The mother of Syed Farook is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on suspicion that she was complicit in her son’s Dec. 2 terror attack in San Bernardino, California.
On Dec. 6, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the FBI was investigating Rafia Farook.
“Obviously, it’s something that we’re looking at very, very closely,” Lynch said.
The FBI also recently revealed that they had discovered an empty GoPro camera package, shooting targets, an Apple iPhone and tools in a car registered to both Syed and Rafia Farook, the New York Post notes.
In addition, $28,500 had reportedly been deposited into Syed Farook’s bank account on Nov. 18, roughly two weeks before he and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 Americans in San Bernardino, California. The funds were a loan from the San Francisco-based company Prosper, and the deposit was organized by the Utah-based WebBank.com.
Authorities have also corrected their initial belief that Syed Farook had recently been converted by his wife.
“As the investigation has progressed we have learned that both subjects were radicalized and have been for some time,” David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles office, said at a press conference, according to New York Daily News.
The couple had also reportedly frequented a Los Angeles shooting range, Riverside Magnum.
“It’s absolutely brazen to come in and practice to commit such a heinous crime,” John Galletta, a firearms instructor at Riverside Magnum, said. “They’ve shot shoulder to shoulder with law enforcement… they’re training among us in our backyards.”
Rafia Farook had been living with her son and his wife. The couple had dropped off their infant daughter, whose name has not been released to the press, with Rafia before carrying out their terror plot, Fox News reports.
The baby’s aunt and uncle have applied for custody, which will be decided in Family Court.
The FBI is also monitoring Syed Farook’s father, Syed Sr., according to the New York Post.