At this time, we don’t know whether his Fast and Furious gun was used in the Garland, Texas shooting where a “Draw Muhammad” contest was being held, but we know that he did purchase a gun five years ago from a gun shop that was selling guns illegally with the feds’ permission. The feds wanted this Phoenix, Arizona shop to sell illegally, allegedly so that they could track where those firearms were going, in hopes of being led to drug cartels and other criminal organizations. The LA Times reported
At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.
Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.
What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.
Instead, federal agents lost track of the weapons and the operation became a fiasco, particularly after several of the missing guns were linked to shootings in Mexico and the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.
Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.
As the owner of a small pizzeria, the Dallas-born Soofi, son of a Pakistani American engineer and American nurse, would not have been the primary focus of federal authorities, who back then were looking for smugglers and drug lords.
He is now.
Right after the Garland attack, the Department of Justice sent an urgent request to Lone Wolf Trading Co. for more information about Soofi and the gun he had purchased five years prior. But the feds aren’t releasing any details such as the gun’s serial number and about whether the gun that he bought was used in the attack.
So, Soofi somehow found out that if he wanted a gun, he had to go to a particular gun shop in Arizona to obtain it illegally. “For reasons that remain unclear,” the feds lifted the 7-day hold on the gun after just 24 hours. Fast-forward five years, and maybe the gun was used in the Garland attack, maybe it wasn’t. But the Justice Department wanted to know details immediately from the Arizona gun shop, just a day after the attack happened. And the DOJ remains mum on what they know. This is the stuff conspiracy theories are made of.