Gunmen killed after opening fire at Pamela Geller’s ‘Draw Muhammad’ art exhibit in Texas

Two gunmen were shot and killed Sunday night after they opened fire on a security guard outside a Garland, Texas, convention center hosting activist Pamela Geller’s “Draw Muhammad” art exhibit and contest.

After the men fired and wounded the guard, identified as Bruce Joiner, Garland police officers returned fire, killing them both, according to Fox News.

The security guard’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was treated and released from a local hospital.

The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. Central Time, just as the event was coming to a close at the Curtis Culwell Center, according to a statement issued by the city of Garland.

GARLAND SHOOTING
The exhibitors are informed of the shooting and told to remain inside the building while the grounds and vehicle are searched for explosives
Image: The Daily Mail

Geller, who heads the American Freedom Defense Initiative, issued this statement:

This is a war. This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters?

Two men with rifles and backpacks attacked police outside our event. A cop was shot; his injuries are not life-threatening, thank Gd. Please keep him in your prayers.

The bomb squad has been called to the event site to investigate a backpack left at the event site.

The war is here.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative and Jihad Watch jointly hosted the event.

After the gunmen were shot, the building was placed on lockdown while officers searched their vehicle for for possible bombs. Bob Price, political news contributor to Breitbart Texas, tweeted:

Jocelyn Lockwood, from a local NBC affiliate, tweeted this report:

Islamic State supporters tweeted that one of the gunmen was a man calling himself Shariah Is Light and using the handle @atawaakul, according to The New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi, who tweeted:

Shariah Is Light Tweeted this message:

TWEET

The Shariah is Light account has since been suspended.

When word of the shooting got out, Texans proudly took to social media to show their support:

Garland officials published a statement from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praising the police officers:

Here’s a video of the event itself:

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