Yes, it was designed to be provocative. Pamela Geller put on a “Muhammad Cartoon Contest and Art Exhibit” in Garland, Texas on Sunday, with a prize of $10,000 for the winning cartoonist. Geert Wilders, Dutch politician and outspoken anti-jihad advocate was also present to speak and take part.
And then there were gunshots outside, as two men drove up and opened fire. One security guard was wounded. The Garland police opened fire, killing both attackers.
Two suspects pulled up in a vehicle with with explosives, before getting out and firing at the officer, identified in local reports as Bruce Joiner, who was employed by the independent school district. Mr. Joiner was taken to hospital in a stable condition and was released later on Sunday evening.
The pair were then killed by Garland Police officers.
Garland Mayor Douglas Athas told CNN the first suspect was shot immediately while the second was wounded when he reached for his back pack, and then shot again.