Nadir Soofi bought a 9mm pistol at Lone Wolf Trading Co in Phoenix, AZ in 2010. Because he had a lengthy criminal record including assault and drug charges, Soofi lied on forms required for potential gun buyers.
His lies caught the attention of authorities, and a seven-day hold was placed on the transaction. For unknown reasons, the hold was lifted a day later.
Lone Wolf was one of the gun shops involved in the “Fast and Furious” sting operation, which resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. In a failed effort to track guns to Mexican drug gangs, the Department of Justice deliberately allowed shops like Lone Wolf to sell guns to prohibited individuals.
Earlier this year, Soofi launched a full-scale attack on an art exhibit that included cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. Armed with three pistols, three rifles, and 1500 rounds of ammunition, he and another terrorist were able to wound a security officer before being killed by local police.
Justice Department officials haven’t said anything publicly, but a growing body of evidence indicates that one of the guns Soofi used is Garland was the one he bought at Lone Wolf in 2010.
According to a letter sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, Justice Department officials sent a request for information to Lone Wolf immediately following the Garland attack.
Although the request did not say if the gun the shop sold to Soofi was used in the attack, it did say that DOJ needed to know more about the sale to “assist in a criminal investigation.”