Texas shooting: Two gunmen shot dead outside Muhammad exhibition – rolling coverage

The American Freedom Defense Initiative paid for 40 police officers to work as security at their Prophet Mohammed cartoon drawing competition, Dallas News reports, shedding light on how the gunmen who attacked the event were killed so quickly.

The paper, which had a reporter present described “thick security that included Garland police, school district security and private guards”.

Attention is focusing on a tweet sent 15 minutes before the first reports of the shooting from a now-suspended account with the username “Shariah is Life”, in which an individual indicates he his preparing to make an attack. It includes the hashtag #texasattack.

The writer pledges allegiance (bay’ah) to Amirul Mu’mineen, Arabic for “Commander of the Faithful”, before adding: “May Allah accept us mujahideen”.

Here’s a short summary of events as they stand at the moment:

This audio is a brief excerpt from the immediate aftermath of the shooting inside the American Freedom Defense Initiative event in Garland, Texas.

It appears that police are still attempting to determine whether any explosive devices are inside the car of the two gunmen.

Journalists and members of the public have been evacuated from the area, so information from the scene remains scant.

Here’s a short video from Reuters with an update on the current situation:

The Dallas Fort Worth scanner site aggregates information from the radio feeds of emergency services across Texas. The site has created this map with rolling updates of information.

NOW #GarlandShooting Law enforcement is investigating a shooting at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland off Naaman… https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

Update #GarlandShooting Perimeter has been requested. Please avoid this area. https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

Update #GarlandShooting Businesses in the general area will be shut down. https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

Update #GarlandShooting Evacuation ordered for the Walmart near the Curtis Culwell Center. Avoid this area! https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

My colleague Bridie Jabour has just filed this explainer on the American Freedom Defense Initiative:

A co-founder of the group behind the contest to award $10,000 for the best cartoon depiction of Mohammed, is a New Yorker who runs a blog that campaigns to stop the “Islamification” of America.

Pamela Geller, used her blog Atlas Shrugs to declare “this is war” in the hours after the shooting of two gunmen at the contest, which had been organised by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group co-founded by Geller and Robert Spencer in 2010.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders also posted this image shortly after the shooting.

Picture taken just before #garlandshooting . Thank God the heroes of SWAT-team prevented the worst. pic.twitter.com/BBaQNJir9b

The contest depicting the prophet Muhammad was organised by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Here is some prior background to the group and their activities in the US in the Washington Post:

New Yorkers are used to aggressive advertising. Banners for breast implants. Billboards for condoms. But a federal judge’s ruling has opened the door for far more controversial posters on buses and subways across the city.

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“Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” reads one such ad next to the image of a young man in a checkered headscarf. “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

Dutch politician Geert Wilders was also attending the event in Garland. He also posted this update on twitter shortly after the shooting:

Shots fired at Garland Mohammed cartoon free speech event. I just left the building after speeching. #garlandshooting

At the moment the bomb squad is now assessing the car driven by the two gunmen. There are reports from reporters at the scene of explosions that have been heard coming from the location.

BREAKING: Explosion heard as bomb teams worked around the vehicle police say was driven by two gunmen @NBCDFW pic.twitter.com/HN4zTb9zMR

Police can’t tell us about what happened yet but we heard an explosion. Can’t see much activity from our vantage point n parking lot @NBCDFW

Nor do we know identity of the shooters or the motivation for the attack. However, the shooting occurred outside a centre where the American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting an exhibition and contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

One of the organisers of the event, Pamela Geller, has directly linked the shooting to the event, and said it was an attack on free speech:

This is a war. This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters?

Two men with rifles and backpacks attacked police outside our event. A cop was shot; his injuries are not life-threatening, thank Gd. Please keep him in your prayers.

At this point in time we still don’t have a full account of the circumstances of the shootings. A number of Texas officials have now provided some updates on the event.

This account from Douglas Athas, the mayor of Garland, is the most detailed account we have at the moment:

Two men in a car tried to drive into the parking lot, jumped out with automatic rifles. Started firing at an unarmed schools security officer who was hit in the leg. He was transported to the hospital.

The first suspect was shot immediately. The second was shot and wounded, reached for his backback and, of course, officers not knowing any idea what was in the back pack, shot him again and he was killed.

Garland Police are also warning people to avoid the Culwell Event Centre and surrounding area.

Garland Police are asking people to avoid the area of the Culwell Event Center in North Garland.

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has released this statement on the shooting:

Texas officials are actively investigating to determine the cause and scope of the senseless attack in Garland, Texas. This is a crime that was quickly ended thanks to the swift action by Garland law enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected tonight.

Here’s a statement on the shooting released on the Garland Independent School District website:

Earlier this evening, during an event at the Curtis Culwell Center, two men exited a vehicle and began shooting at Garland ISD Security Officer Bruce Joiner. Garland Police, who were on scene, returned fire at the two men, killing both. Officer Joiner was shot in the ankle. He was transported to a local hospital, treated and released. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

Garland Police have secured the area around the Cuwlell Center and Naaman Forest High School. The district is working with Garland PD and will keep you informed as information becomes available.

On Sunday evening in Texas two male gunmen were shot dead outside an exhibition at the Curtis Culwell Centre in Dallas, Texas.

We’ll be delivering rolling updates of events as they unfold throughout the night in the US. Here’s a summary of events so far:

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Texas shooting: Two gunmen shot dead outside Muhammad exhibition – rolling coverage

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The American Freedom Defense Initiative paid for 40 police officers to work as security at their Prophet Mohammed cartoon drawing competition, Dallas News reports, shedding light on how the gunmen who attacked the event were killed so quickly.

The paper, which had a reporter present described “thick security that included Garland police, school district security and private guards”.

Attention is focusing on a tweet sent 15 minutes before the first reports of the shooting from a now-suspended account with the username “Shariah is Life”, in which an individual indicates he his preparing to make an attack. It includes the hashtag #texasattack.

The writer pledges allegiance (bay’ah) to Amirul Mu’mineen, Arabic for “Commander of the Faithful”, before adding: “May Allah accept us mujahideen”.

Here’s a short summary of events as they stand at the moment:

This audio is a brief excerpt from the immediate aftermath of the shooting inside the American Freedom Defense Initiative event in Garland, Texas.

It appears that police are still attempting to determine whether any explosive devices are inside the car of the two gunmen.

Journalists and members of the public have been evacuated from the area, so information from the scene remains scant.

Here’s a short video from Reuters with an update on the current situation:

The Dallas Fort Worth scanner site aggregates information from the radio feeds of emergency services across Texas. The site has created this map with rolling updates of information.

NOW #GarlandShooting Law enforcement is investigating a shooting at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland off Naaman… https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

Update #GarlandShooting Perimeter has been requested. Please avoid this area. https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

Update #GarlandShooting Businesses in the general area will be shut down. https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

Update #GarlandShooting Evacuation ordered for the Walmart near the Curtis Culwell Center. Avoid this area! https://t.co/5x3xmGgLas

My colleague Bridie Jabour has just filed this explainer on the American Freedom Defense Initiative:

A co-founder of the group behind the contest to award $10,000 for the best cartoon depiction of Mohammed, is a New Yorker who runs a blog that campaigns to stop the “Islamification” of America.

Pamela Geller, used her blog Atlas Shrugs to declare “this is war” in the hours after the shooting of two gunmen at the contest, which had been organised by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group co-founded by Geller and Robert Spencer in 2010.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders also posted this image shortly after the shooting.

Picture taken just before #garlandshooting . Thank God the heroes of SWAT-team prevented the worst. pic.twitter.com/BBaQNJir9b

The contest depicting the prophet Muhammad was organised by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Here is some prior background to the group and their activities in the US in the Washington Post:

New Yorkers are used to aggressive advertising. Banners for breast implants. Billboards for condoms. But a federal judge’s ruling has opened the door for far more controversial posters on buses and subways across the city.

“Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” reads one such ad next to the image of a young man in a checkered headscarf. “That’s His Jihad. What’s yours?”

Dutch politician Geert Wilders was also attending the event in Garland. He also posted this update on twitter shortly after the shooting:

Shots fired at Garland Mohammed cartoon free speech event. I just left the building after speeching. #garlandshooting

At the moment the bomb squad is now assessing the car driven by the two gunmen. There are reports from reporters at the scene of explosions that have been heard coming from the location.

BREAKING: Explosion heard as bomb teams worked around the vehicle police say was driven by two gunmen @NBCDFW pic.twitter.com/HN4zTb9zMR

Police can’t tell us about what happened yet but we heard an explosion. Can’t see much activity from our vantage point n parking lot @NBCDFW

Nor do we know identity of the shooters or the motivation for the attack. However, the shooting occurred outside a centre where the American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting an exhibition and contest for cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

One of the organisers of the event, Pamela Geller, has directly linked the shooting to the event, and said it was an attack on free speech:

This is a war. This is war on free speech. What are we going to do? Are we going to surrender to these monsters?

Two men with rifles and backpacks attacked police outside our event. A cop was shot; his injuries are not life-threatening, thank Gd. Please keep him in your prayers.

At this point in time we still don’t have a full account of the circumstances of the shootings. A number of Texas officials have now provided some updates on the event.

This account from Douglas Athas, the mayor of Garland, is the most detailed account we have at the moment:

Two men in a car tried to drive into the parking lot, jumped out with automatic rifles. Started firing at an unarmed schools security officer who was hit in the leg. He was transported to the hospital.

The first suspect was shot immediately. The second was shot and wounded, reached for his backback and, of course, officers not knowing any idea what was in the back pack, shot him again and he was killed.

Garland Police are also warning people to avoid the Culwell Event Centre and surrounding area.

Garland Police are asking people to avoid the area of the Culwell Event Center in North Garland.

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has released this statement on the shooting:

Texas officials are actively investigating to determine the cause and scope of the senseless attack in Garland, Texas. This is a crime that was quickly ended thanks to the swift action by Garland law enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those affected tonight.

Here’s a statement on the shooting released on the Garland Independent School District website:

Earlier this evening, during an event at the Curtis Culwell Center, two men exited a vehicle and began shooting at Garland ISD Security Officer Bruce Joiner. Garland Police, who were on scene, returned fire at the two men, killing both. Officer Joiner was shot in the ankle. He was transported to a local hospital, treated and released. Our thoughts are with him and his family.

Garland Police have secured the area around the Cuwlell Center and Naaman Forest High School. The district is working with Garland PD and will keep you informed as information becomes available.

On Sunday evening in Texas two male gunmen were shot dead outside an exhibition at the Curtis Culwell Centre in Dallas, Texas.

We’ll be delivering rolling updates of events as they unfold throughout the night in the US. Here’s a summary of events so far:

Continue reading…







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New Kurt Cobain Album Dropping this Summer

While in production for his forthcoming documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen unearthed a plethora of unreleased material created by the late rock star – ranging from home recordings he made with then-wife Courtney Love, to demos from his former punk band Fecal Matter. In a recent interview with Bedford + Bowery, Morgen revealed that he, along with several other of the film’s crew members, will edit down the hundreds of hours of discovered recordings into a new Kurt Cobain album, set to release sometime this summer.

“It will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people,” Morgen said, adding that the album will be “just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.”

Stay tuned for the album’s official release date and be sure to check out Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck‘s premiere on premium cable channel HBO on May 4.

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New Kurt Cobain Album Dropping this Summer

While in production for his forthcoming documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen unearthed a plethora of unreleased material created by the late rock star – ranging from home recordings he made with then-wife Courtney Love, to demos from his former punk band Fecal Matter. In a recent interview with Bedford + Bowery, Morgen revealed that he, along with several other of the film’s crew members, will edit down the hundreds of hours of discovered recordings into a new Kurt Cobain album, set to release sometime this summer.

“It will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It’s going to really surprise people,” Morgen said, adding that the album will be “just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.”

Stay tuned for the album’s official release date and be sure to check out Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck‘s premiere on premium cable channel HBO on May 4.

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A Mother’s Love: The Guide to Meaningful and Wearable Gifts You’ll Want to Borrow

A Mother's Love

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Jimmy Greaves Suffers Severe Stroke: Updates on England and Tottenham Legend

Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves has suffered a severe stroke and been admitted to intensive care.

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Greaves Family Releases Statement

Monday, May 4

A statement from the 75-year-old Greaves’ family confirmed that the former Chelsea forward had been taken ill on Sunday and admitted to hospital, per BBC Sport.

The Press Association provided the family’s statement in full, which revealed Greaves had recovered from a minor stroke in 2012, via The Guardian:

His wife, Irene, and four children have asked for privacy during what is a worrying time for the family. They will issue a bulletin on his condition when it is appropriate. England’s greatest ever goal scorer was 75 on February 20, and has been working regularly on the personal appearances circuit in harness with his friend and agent Terry Baker. Jimmy had a minor stroke in 2012, but appeared to have made a full recovery. He was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on May 13 at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane. This is all we wish to say at the present time.

Greaves is England’s fourth-highest goalscorer of all time, having netted 44 goals in just 57 games for his country.

He was similarly prolific at club level, scoring 266 goals in 379 matches for Spurs. 

As a 26-year-old, Greaves played a key role in England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, turning out in all three group games before picking up an injury.

Having not played in the final at Wembley, Greaves initially did not receive a World Cup winner’s medal, but was eventually awarded with one in 2009 following an FA campaign.

At club level, he won two FA Cups and a European Cup Winners Cup with Spurs, as well as the 1962 Serie A title with AC Milan.

South Africa’s Sibanye Q1 production hit by power cuts

For release with feature MINERALS SAFRICA DEEPMINESSouth African-focused Sibanye Gold said on Monday power shortages and a delayed start-up after the festive season cut its first quarter bullion output by 5 percent, sending its shares lower. Africa's no.3 gold producer said gold output for the three months to the end of March fell to 9,808 kgs (315,300 ounces) from 10,338 kg a year earlier. State owned utility Eskom has been struggling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy and mining companies, among some of the heaviest power users, have had to cut consumption by up to 20 percent. Sibanye said gold production fell due agreements to reduce their power consumption.


Who Will the UFC Turn to in Jon Jones’ Absence?

Jon Jones is a once-in-a-lifetime type of athlete, and there isn’t one fighter on the planet who can replace his divisional dominance and overall marketability.

But until the former (that’s weird to say) light heavyweight champion makes his UFC return, or if he does at all, the promotion will be forced to fill the colossal void forged by his immature actions.

And considering the UFC has found difficulty over the past few years in successfully replacing former cash cows like Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, Jones’ absence may prove to be harsh for an organization dedicated in rapid expansion.

However, the UFC is not and never will be a one-man show. There are a select group of current titleholders and formidable top contenders capable of picking up the slack.

Here are five of those fighters, whom the UFC can turn to in the dawn of a new age.

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