Several weeks before his attack on co-workers in San Bernardino, Syed Rizwan Farook obtained a $28,500 cash loan through a Web lender, two federal officials said Tuesday.
Authorities believe the loan may explain how Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, raised the funds to stockpile weapons and prepare for the attack that killed 14 people and wounded 21.
The two officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said investigators now believe that that cash, along with a separate $600 bank withdrawal the night before the shootings, helped the couple acquire rifles from a friend, thousands of rounds of ammunition and parts for pipe bomb explosives.
Other expenses tied to the shooting include the cost for their rental car and target practice at a gun range. Questions had been raised about how they paid for everything on Farook's $52,000-a-year salary as a San Bernardino County health inspector. Malik did not work.
"They also were renting a home and had a new baby," one of the officials said.
The FBI property logs left at the couple's home after it was searched by federal agents list the $600 withdrawal.
"Union bank receipt dated 12/1/15 withdrawal amount of $600.00 @ 1031 pm in Redland, CA," the note says, referring to a transaction from the bank in Redlands the night before the shootings.
The sources said they did not know when the $28,500 loan from WebBank.com was paid out. According to its website, WebBank is an FDIC-insured, state-chartered industrial lending institution headquartered in Salt Lake City. It was organized in 1997 and provides "niche financing to businesses and consumers."
WebBank officials could not immediately be reached for comment.