An officer was also shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police told WFAA News.
A SWAT officer interrupted the event to announce the shooting and evacuate the room. That moment was caught on a live stream of the event, which can be seen above. The officer said they were “worried” that the gunmen may have also “possibly had explosives on them.”
He told people to remain calm and orderly as they brought them to safety. Someone from the crowd yelled to him, “were the suspects Muslim?” and he responded that he has “no idea right now.”
The “free speech” art exhibit and contest, themed “Draw the Prophet,” was created by the American Freedom Defense Initiative in response to a pro-Muslim event in January that drew thousands of protesters. It included the awarding of a prize to the cartoonist who drew the best depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. More than 300 entries were received for the contest, with an award of $10,000, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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