Two Muslim terrorists were killed by police after they opened fire at Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw the Prophet Mohammed’ cartoon contest in Texas, on Sunday night.
The event invited cartoonists to send in cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad and received more than 350 submissions, and the winner stood to win $10,000. There were about 200 people at the Sunday night event, police said.
UPDATE! ABC News is reporting this morning that one of the two gunman shot last night in Garland, Texas has been identified as Elton Simpson, a many previously investigated by the FBI for links to terrorism:
One of the suspects in the shooting in Garland, Texas late Sunday has been identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, according to a senior FBI official.
Overnight and today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson’s home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix where a robot is believed to be conducting an initial search of the apartment.
Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting.
Sponsor of the freedom of speech event, Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, took to her own website shortly after the incident, writing, “This is a war. This is war on free speech.”
CNN One security officer was also shot but his injuries are not life-threatening and he is reported to have been released from the hospital. Two men who opened fire outside a contest for Prophet Mohammad cartoons in a Dallas suburb were shot dead by police Sunday night, authorities said.
Police are still looking for explosives in the main event building as well as neighboring buildings and the suspects’ vehicle.
The men drove up to the Culwell Event Center in North Garland, got out of their car and began shooting just as the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” inside was coming to an end, Garland police spokesman Joe Harns said. A security guard was shot in the leg. He was later treated and released from a hospital.
FBI and local officials were checking on the gunmen’s vehicle for explosives, a law enforcement official told CNN. The area around the center was blocked off. Surrounding businesses, including a Walmart, were evacuated, as were attendees from the Curtis Culwell Center.
The event, sponsored by Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative, claimed to have received “over 350 submissions of Muhammad cartoons from all over the world.”