Two gunmen have been shot and killed by police outside of a Muhammad art contest in Garland, Texas. The suspects were carrying explosives and other devices were found nearby.
According to Joe Harn of the Garland Police Department, the two suspects drove up to a security officer, got out of the car, and started shooting. That security guard was shot in the leg in the shootout, and he has already been released from the hospital.
A third man was taken into custody but has since been released. One of the deceased gunmen has been identified as Elton Simpson, a Muslim convert who was previously investigated by the FBI. In 2010 he was convicted of lying to the FBI about his reasons for traveling to Somalia, which was ultimately to join a terror group there.
Approximately 100 attendees were still inside during the shootout. The event, which was hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative, was held at the Curtis Culwell Center and had a heavy presence of police officers and private security prior to the shooting.
We will provide further updates as information is made available.
Our friend Stephen Perkins of OUTSET Magazine was an attendee of the event and provided live updates.