Two gunmen among three shot dead at art show in Texas
TEXAS – Three people, including two gunmen who opened fire on at an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, featuring sacrilegious caricatures, were shot dead at the scene by police on Sunday, the police said in a statement.
The centre is a special-events venue that hosts graduation ceremonies, concerts, trade shows, weddings and sporting events in Garland, northeast of Dallas.
The two armed suspects drove up to the front of the building in a car as the event was coming to an end, and began shooting at a security officer, the city said in a message posted online.
Garland police officers then exchanged fire with the gunmen, and both suspects were shot dead, the city said. The security officer was wounded in the gunfire, but the guard’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to the statement.
There was no immediate word from police or other authorities about the identity or background of the two suspects.
The Dallas Morning News reported that critics of the art exhibit, sponsored by a group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative, had condemned the event, but that organizers had said they were merely exercising their right of free expression.
In January, Islamist gunmen attacked the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in revenge for blasphemous cartoons, killing 12 people. – Reuters