GARLAND, Texas — Two suspects were killed after they opened fire Sunday in a parking lot outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, authorities said.
Garland’s city government issued a statement saying that as a Muhammad Art Exhibit event was coming to a close at the Curtis Culwell Center, “two males drove up to the front of the building in a car” and started shooting at a security officer.
“Garland police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed,” the statement posted online said.
The security officer, a Garland Independent School District employee, was identified as Bruce Joiner. He was shot in the lower leg and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for Garland Police. He was in stable condition at a local hospital.
The exhibit was placed on lockdown and attendees later moved to a nearby high school.
Police suspected the suspects’ vehicle may contain a bomb and called in bomb squad experts. Surrounding businesses were evacuated… see more