Garland, Texas shooting suspect identified as Elton Simpson

Authorities have identified one of the suspects in Sunday night’s shooting in Garland, Texas.

The suspected gunman, Elton Simpson, downloadwas the subject of a previous terror investigation, ABC News reports, citing a senior FBI official.

The New York Times and CNN confirmed the news, citing a Federal Law Enforcement source.

The FBI and local authorities conducted a search of Simpson’s home early Monday. The other suspect is thought to be Simpson’s roommate, according to ABC.

On Sunday evening, two men fired toward the Curtis Culwell Center, where the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was taking place. Security guard, Bruce Joiner, was shot in the lower leg and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The two gunmen were then shot and killed by authorities.

The Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was organised by Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Islamic organisation that is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The contest offered a $10,000 prize for the best depiction of Muhammad, NBC News reports.

The federal law enforcement source told CNN that Simpson apparently sent out a tweet just minutes before the shooting with the hashtag #texasattack.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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