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FBI Identifies One of Texas Mohammed Art Contest Shooters

© REUTERS / Mike StonePolice officers block an intersection near the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative which was being held at the facility in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015.
Police officers block an intersection near the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative which was being held at the facility in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. - Sputnik International
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US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified one of the shooters in the attack outside a Garland, Texas venue hosting a contest for Prophet Mohammed cartoons, local media reported on Monday.

People are sequestered by members of the Garland Police Department inside the Curtis Culwell Center, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The identified suspect is an Arizona man Elton Simpson who was investigated in 2010 for connections with terrorists, a senior FBI official said according to ABC News.

The FBI is currently collecting evidence at his apartment in Phoenix, local media reported.

A now-suspended Twitter account has linked the shooting attack to Islamic State militants, according to media reports.

An armed police officer stands guard at a parking lot near the Curtis Culwell Center - Sputnik International
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On Sunday evening, two men opened fire at a security guard at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, which was hosting the "First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest." Police that arrived at the scene shot both suspects dead. The security guard was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Muhammad Art Contest was organized to support free speech, offering a $10,000 prize for the best cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The event was in response to protests in January against a pro-Islam event hosted by the Curtis Culwell Center.

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