Officials identify second Texas shooter

PROPHET CARTOON CONTEST: SHOOTING

Muslim group condemns attack

GARLAND, Texas (AP) – The nation’s largest Muslim advocacy organization has condemned an attack by two gunmen outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement Monday that a violent response is more insulting to the Muslim faith than any cartoon. The council said "bigoted speech" can’t be an excuse for violence.

Leaders emphasized the American Muslim community’s support for open speech and condemned acts of terror.

The gunmen were shot and killed Sunday by a police officer after they left their vehicle outside a community center in Garland and began firing assault weapons.

Garland police spokesman Joe Harn did not say whether the two were acting in response to Sunday’s event, but said, "obviously they were there to shoot people."


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