Security Guard, Suspects Shot Outside Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Texas


One security guard and two suspects were shot outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas as it was hosting an event called Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest. The guard was brought to the hospital, but released, while the two suspects ended up dead. Fox News reported tonight that they were heavily armed.

Police acted quickly and responded to a potential bomb threat:

According to NBC News, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (a group run by Pamela Geller) organized the event, awarding a prize of $10,000 to Muhammad cartoonists and inviting Geert Wilders––a Dutch politician notorious for his strong views on Islam––to speak there.

A witness said they heard the gunshots towards the end of the event.

Geller posted about the shooting and potential bomb threat on her website:

This is a war. This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters?

Two men with rifles and backpacks attacked police outside our event. A cop was shot; his injuries are not life-threatening, thank Gd. Please keep him in your prayers.

The bomb squad has been called to the event site to investigate a backpack left at the event site.

The war is here.

Some people snapped pictures of the law enforcement response on the scene:

You can watch CNN’s report below:

UPDATE – 12:48 a.m. – 05/04/15: Watch video from inside the event as the lockdown began, via The United West:

[image via @JocelynNBC5]

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