Police shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire on a security officer outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, and a bomb squad searched the gunmen’s vehicle as a precaution, authorities said.
The men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland on Sunday night as the event was coming to an end and shot at the security officer, the City of Garland said in a statement. Garland police officers returned fire, killing the men.
Garland police spokesman Joe Harn said it was not immediately clear whether the shooting was connected to the contest hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Harn said authorities were searching the gunmen’s vehicle for explosives.
“Because of the situation of what was going on today and the history of what we’ve been told has happened at other events like this, we are considering their car (is) possibly containing a bomb,” he said at a news conference late Sunday.