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.
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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.”
While details about the gunmen, including their religion or their motive, weren’t immediately known, depictions of Prophet Mohammed are considered blasphemous by Muslims. The prohibition against illustrating the Prophet Mohammed began as an attempt to ward off idol worship, which was widespread in Islam’s Arabian birthplace. But in recent years, it has taken a deadly toll.
JW The pussy British media blacked out the images of Mohammed on the easels. UPDATE: The vile Sharia-adherent cowards and trimmers at the Daily Mail have now removed their event photos featuring the blacked-out Muhammad images:
Here is the uncensored version (h/t Barbara R)
In January, gunmen attacked the officers of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine that has a controversial history of depicting Mohammad, and killed 12 people.
The keynote speaker at the Garland event was right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders who was placed on an al Qaeda hit list for his film “Fitna” which was critical of Islam.
Attendees who were evacuated pulled out an American flag, sang patriotic songs, and prayed for the security guard who was shot:
— Jobin Panicker (@jobinpnews) May 4, 2015