Two dead, one wounded at Texas ‘Draw Mohammed’ contest


Pro-America and pro-Israel activist Pamela Geller has never been shy of letting it be known she considers the threat of Islamic Jihad to be one of the greatest threats to face the Western World in decades, if not centuries. Case in point would be her sponsorship of the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest held in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Garland. Geller offered up a $10,000 award in her much publicized Draw Mohammed Contest.

With the blood barely cleaned up from the Islamic Jihadist attack on the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo as well as a kosher supermarket in suburban Paris last January in which 16 people were gunned down, it appears that a similar terrorist attack was aimed at Geller’s event. With detailed reports still hitting news feeds, as reported by the Associated Press (via WPVI, Philadenphia, PA) and also the news portal, both on May 3, 2015, one Garland Independent School District (GISD) police officer was shot, while two suspected would-be terrorists were shot and killed when police returned fire.

While the Charlie Hebdo magazine sparked anger across the Muslim World for depicting the image of the founder of their belief system, riots and multiple deaths occurred when a Danish newspaper published likenesses of Mohammed. Nonetheless, Geller went forward with her exhibit billed as a “free speech event” by the official sponsor, Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, which has been often criticized by opponents for being anti-Islam and engaged in so-called hate speech.

According to reports, two men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center and began shooting at the Garland ISD officer, wounding him in the leg. It was then that members of the Garland Police Department officers engaged the would-be killers, who were both shot and killed. In a released statement from the City of Garland, the GISD officer was rushed to a local hospital. City officials also stated that his injuries aren’t not life-threatening.

Law enforcement officials already ordered members of their SWAT team to remain at the scene from beginning ’till end in the case of violence may have saved many innocent lives. Reports from the scene coming in fast and furious from not only credentialed reporters, but also from attendees sending via Twitter and Facebook, note that SWAT members discovered explosives in the would-be terrorists vehicle. Meanwhile, has been steadily posting updates on its website:

  • UPDATE: Suspects had two AK-47’s according to police on the scene. The officer has been transported to the hospital. The suspects are still on the ground at the scene. They are not moving and are not being touched at this time until a bomb squad checks out their bodies.
  • UPDATE, 8:45 PM: Police appeared to have escorted a few individuals through a conference room, and continue to patrol the perimeter.
  • UPDATE, 8:51 PM: A senior officer has said that the officer taken to the hospital will be OK, and that the two suspects will not be OK. The 100 people being held inside singing the Star-Spangled Banner to comfort themselves.
  • UPDATE, 8:59 PM: Police have the area blocked off and have removed reporters for up to half a mile away. Helicopters are patrolling the skies and police are standing in the intersection, blocking the roads and are armed with M-16s.