Two people were fatally shot today outside a Garland, Texas, community center that was hosting an show of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and the center was put on lockdown, SWAT officials said.The two suspects drove up in a car and opened fire on the Curtis Culwell Center, which is owned by the Garland school district, and a security officer of the Garland ISD was hit, according to a statement from the city of Garland.
That officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, a Garland Police spokesman.
Garland police officers returned fire, hitting both men and killing both men, according to the city statement.
The details are yet to come, but this sounds like another “Charlie Hebdo” attack, except that the event was a deliberate provocation with Dutch racist Geert Wilders in attendance. The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were equal opportunity lampooners, not deliberate provocateurs. Just the same, murder is not the answer to offensive speech.UPDATE —
As today’s Muhammad Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center was coming to an end, two males drove up to the front of the building in a car. Both males were armed and began shooting at a Garland ISD security officer. The GISD security officer’s injuries are not life-threatening. Garland Police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed.
Police suspect the vehicle may contain an incendiary device and the bomb squad is on the scene. The surrounding businesses including Academy Sports, Walmart and Sam’s are being evacuated. Event participants are also being evacuated from the Curtis Culwell Center for their safety.
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