2 gunmen killed outside anti-Islam group’s event in Texas

HOUSTON – Two gunmen were killed after they opened fire Sunday outside an event hosted by an anti-Islam group in Garland, Texas, featuring cartoons of the prophet Mohammed, local officials said. According to the authorities, the two assailants shot a private security guard and were, in turn, shot and killed by police officers.   Officials did not give the identities of the gunmen or the security officer and did not assign a motive for the attack.   The shooting began shortly before 7 p.m. outside the Curtis Culwell Center, where organizers were hosting the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, an event run by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a New York-based anti-Islamist organization.   The city of Garland confirmed the incident in a Facebook posting.   “As today’s Muhammad Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center was coming to an end, two males drove up to the front of the building in a car. Both males were armed and began shooting at a Garland I.S.D. security officer.”   The Facebook posting said that the officer had been struck, but that his “injuries are not life-threatening.” “Garland police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed,” the Facebook posting said. The police, fearing that the gunmen’s car might contain an explosive device, sent a bomb squad to the scene and evacuated the events center and nearby businesses, including a Wal-Mart.   The event included a contest for the best caricature of the prophet Mohammed, with a $10,000 prize for the winning piece.   Drawings of the prophet are considered offensive in most interpretations of Islam. In January, gunmen...