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2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago May 04, 2015 May 4, 2015 Monday, May 04 2015 May 04, 2015 11:05 AM in News
Source: Associated Press, WBRZ
By: APNewsNow

GARLAND, TX - Police in Garland, Texas, say two men had opened fire with assault rifles on officers outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Officer Joe Harn said Monday the men, killed by security officers, also had more ammunition. He said investigators searched their vehicle and detonated several suspicious items, but no bombs were found in the vehicle.

Hardn said luggage was found in vehicle but he wasn't sure what specifically was found amid the luggage

Harn said the officer shot in the lower leg was the only officer hurt, and that a security plan for the event had been developed over several months.

A federal law enforcement officer named one of the suspects as Elton Simpson. The official, who was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, said investigators were searching Simpson's property in Phoenix, Arizona, in connection with the case.

ABC News reported that officials believe Simpson sent out several Twitter messages before Sunday's using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting.

John Iannarelli, Assistant Special Agent in Charge FBI's Phoenix office, said authorities in Texas traced both suspects to the Phoenix apartment and that the two appear to have been roommates. The second suspect has not been publicly identified.


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