2 gunmen killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas

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GARLAND, Texas (AP) — A police spokesman for a Dallas suburb says authorities are searching for explosives in the car of two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Spokesman Joe Harn with the Garland Police Department says a bomb squad is searching the vehicle outside the Curtis Culwell Center as a “precaution.” He says police aren’t aware of any ongoing threat.

Authorities haven’t removed the bodies of the gunmen. Harn says that will happen once the scene is cleared. The men haven’t been identified.

Harn says it wasn’t immediately clear whether the shooting was connected to the event inside, a contest that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Harn says police hadn’t received any credible threats before the event.


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  • Martin

    Are these contests necessary? Yes, to us they are just cartoons but to Muslims it is blasphemous and disrespectful but we see what happens everytime there is a drawing of Muhammad, so why do people still continue to push other’s buttons? I can’t help but feel while shooting and killing people in the name of Muhammad is extreme that those involved are just asking for it. It is not about freedom of speech or expression this is blatant disrespect.

    • MrCrabs

      That’s the dilemma of free speech. Disrespect is not a crime. Blaspheme is not a crime in our nation. If either of those were crimes, 90% of us would be in court, prison, and/or paying fines. Creating a contest to see who can be the most obnoxious toward a whole group of unstable people is putting a target on your forehead and creating a hazard for innocent bystanders.

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