Two Men Killed Outside Of Anti-Islam Event In Texas
( 4UMF NEWS ) Two Men Killed Outside Of Anti-Islam Event In Texas:
Two armed men were killed Sunday night after they attacked a “Draw Mohammed” event in Texas sponsored by a New York woman who has crusaded to post anti-Islam ads on subways and buses.
The gunmen jumped out of their vehicle at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland at 7 p.m. and shot a security guard while activist Pamela Geller hosted the contest.
They were quickly gunned down by police officers, who were among a group of 40 security personnel hired to protect the event.
“Both males were armed and began shooting at a Garland ISD security officer,” the Texas city’s officials said on Facebook.
“Garland police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed.”
The injured guard, Bruce Joiner, was shot in the leg and treated at a hospital, where he was released just two hours later, according to WFAA-TV.
The identity and motives of the gunmen were not revealed Sunday night, but organizers of the event called the shooting an attack on free speech.
“This incident shows how much needed our event really was,” Geller said in a message to The Post while on lockdown inside the center. “The freedom of speech is under violent assault here in our nation. The question now before us is — will we stand and defend it, or bow to violence, thuggery and savagery?”
She had earlier tweeted, “This is war on free speech.”
Johnny Roby of Oklahoma City, who was attending the conference, says he was outside when he heard about 20 shots.
No one was allowed to leave the facility for hours. Some businesses in the area were evacuated in case there was any threat to the people inside.
A bomb squad was brought in to inspect the gunmen’s pickup.
While stuck inside the Curtis Culwell Center, Geller — who runs the American Freedom Defense Initiative — and others sang patriotic songs and saluted the American flag.
Because of the sensitive nature of the event — officially called the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest — Geller’s organization was required by the city to hire the large additional security force, which cost $10,000, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Depictions of Mohammad are considered blasphemous by many Muslims. In January, 12 people were killed in Paris when gunmen stormed a satirical newspaper that lampooned Islam’s holiest figure.
To lure participants to the event, Geller’s group offered $10,000 to the person who could present the “best depiction” of the prophet.
One speaker at the event, far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, has been declared “Wanted: Dead or Alive” by al Qaeda’s English-language magazine, “Inspire.”
Wilders has called for a ban on the Muslim holy book, the Koran, and has been quoted as saying, “I don’t hate Muslims, I hate Islam.”
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