New York Times, By Liam Stack, May 3
Two gunmen were killed after they opened fire Sunday evening outside an event hosted by an anti-Muslim group in Garland, Tex., featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, local officials said. According to the authorities, the two assailants shot a private security guard and were, in turn, shot and killed by police officers. Officials did not give the identities of the gunmen or the security officer and did not assign a motive for the attack. The F.B.I. referred reporters’ questions to local officials.
The shooting began shortly before 7 p.m. outside the Curtis Culwell Center, where organizers were hosting the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, an event run by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Muslim organization based in New York (photograph of Pamela Geller, head of AFDI, above).
The city of Garland confirmed the incident in a Facebook posting.
“As today’s Muhammad Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center was coming to an end, two males drove up to the front of the building in a car. Both males were armed and began shooting at a Garland I.S.D. security officer.”
The Facebook posting said that the officer had been struck but that his “injuries are not life-threatening.”
“Garland police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed,” the Facebook posting said.
A live video stream of the event on the organizer’s website recorded the moment when the crowd, mingling at the end of a series of speeches, was interrupted by a man in military fatigues, a rifle strapped to his chest, who bounded onto the stage to announce that there had been a shooting outside. The armed man appeared to have been a private security guard.
“A police officer has been shot, two suspects have been shot. They possibly have explosives on them, that’s what we’re worried about right now,” he said, as the crowd hushed.
“We are going to move you all into the auditorium here in just a minute. We just need everybody to remain calm and be kind of orderly. We are going to take you into the auditorium a little further away from the front of this building,” he added.
Pamela Geller, an outspoken anti-Islam activist and an organizer of the event, tweeted a similar version of the incident in the minutes after the shooting.
Seems Ms. Geller has been making a career out of poking the bear, most recently in NYC: Judge Says MTA Must Post ‘Killing Jews Is Worship’ Ads
…CNN has just tweeted:
An explosion was just heard at #garlandshooting sight. This was an Electronic Magnetic Pulse detonated by law enforcement teams. Not a bomb.
— ed lavandera (@edlavaCNN) May 4, 2015
The Guardian has continuing coverage: Two gunmen shot dead in Texas outside Muhammad cartoon exhibition – rolling coverage
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders spoke at the event.
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