Incident Summary:

05/03/2015: Two assailants opened fire on the Curtis Culwell Center, which was hosting an exhibition of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, in Garland, Texas, United States. The assailants were killed and a security guard wounded in the attack. The assailants were identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi and had claimed response for the attack in twitter statements before the shooting.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)
Specific Description Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Assault rifles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Simpson had been indicted in 2010 on charges of lying about wanting to travel to Somalia to join a terrorist group and had pledged allegiance to the "Commander of the Faithful", suspected to refer to ISIL leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two die at US Prophet cartoon contest," BBC, May 4, 2015.
"Islamic State claims responsibility for attack at Texas cartoon event," Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2015.
"Texas Gunmen Said to Be Inspired, Not Directed, by Terror Cells," Bloomberg, May 5, 2015.