An art exhibit that featured a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad ended in a shoot-out after 2 individuals stormed the event in opposition to the exhibit.
Per USA Today
Two suspects were killed after they opened fire Sunday in a parking lot outside a provocative contest for cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad, authorities said.
Garland’s city government issued a statement saying that as a Muhammad Art Exhibit event was coming to a close at the Curtis Culwell Center, “two males drove up to the front of the building in a car” and started shooting at a security officer.
“Garland police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed,” the statement posted online said.
The security officer, a Garland Independent School District employee, was identified as Bruce Joiner. He was shot in the lower leg and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for Garland Police. He was in stable condition at a local hospital.
The exhibit was placed on lockdown and attendees later moved to a nearby high school.
A group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative hosted the Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit and $10,000 cartoon contest.
The cartoon exhibit featured “images of Islam’s prophet, both historic and contemporary, and speeches by leading voices of freedom and internationally renowned free speech advocates,” according to a press release by the group.
Such drawings are deemed insulting to many followers of Islam and have sparked violence around the world.
According to Islamic tradition, any physical depiction of the prophet Muhammad — even a respectful one — is considered blasphemous.