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Muslim Gunmen Open Fire at Muhammad Cartoon Contest in Texas, Both Killed, ISIS Supporters Take Credit

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by Brian Hayes | Top Right News

UPDATE: The men reportedly had explosives; bomb squad on the scene…developing…

Two Muslim gunmen opened fire at a Draw Mohammed art exhibit in Texas tonight, injuring a guard, and starting a firefight with a police officer, in which both men were shot dead,

The contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a Dallas suburb was put on lockdown Sunday night and attendees were being evacuated after authorities reported a shooting outside the building.

Shots rang out this evening at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas during the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest. A law enforcement officer was shot and both suspects have been killed. Officers on the scene said that it is possible that explosives are in the area.

Attendees were immediately forced into lockdown by police, including three Breitbart News reporters. Sources say event organizer Pamela Geller and keynote speaker Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician, are safe. Breitbart Texas was conducting a live video interview with Geller at the moment of the attack.

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The bomb squad from Plano, Texas, was seen arriving to assist during the tense situation:

Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said that she planned the Sunday event to make a stand for free speech in response to the outcries and violence over drawings of Muhammad.

Gellers group is known for mounting a campaign against the building of an Islamic center blocks from the World Trade Center site and for buying advertising space in cities across the U.S. criticizing radical Islam.

Robert Spencer who is co-hosting the event with Pam Geller posted this:

Video from the event also emerged:

About 75 attendees were taken to another room. Later, a group of 48 people were escorted to a school bus. Authorities told attendees they would be taken to a nearby high school. A second group was set to be moved shortly after.

Johnny Roby of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was attending the conference. He told the AP he was outside the building when he heard around about 20 shots that appeared to be coming from the direction of a car passing by.

Roby said he then heard two single shots.

He said he heard officers yell that they had the car before he was sent inside the building.

The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting a contest that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad at the venue.

Such drawings are deemed insulting to many followers of Islam and have sparked violence around the world. According to mainstream Islamic tradition, any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad even a respectful one is considered blasphemous.

In January, 12 people were killed by gunmen in an attack against the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had lampooned Islam and other religions and used depictions of Muhammad.

UPDATE: Bodies of Muslim terrorists at scene:

UPDATE: Robert Spencer posted to twitter that Islamic State partisans are claiming responsibility for the attack:

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