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Indictment Alleges Garland Cartoon Contest Shooters Had Help
An Arizona man has been indicted in connection with the May 3 attempted attack on a "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas. Elton Francis Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi opened fire on security personnel outside the contest in hopes of attacking participants inside. Both were shot and killed by police officers at the scene.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, also known as Decarus Thomas, is charged with transporting weapons and ammunition across state lines with the intent to commit crimes and then lying about his involvement.
Between Jan. 7 and May 3, Kareem hosted Simpson and Soofi (and possibly others) to plot their attack on the contest, the indictment alleges. He also supplied them with firearms and went with them to a remote desert to practice shooting. Between May 1 and May 3, Kareem allegedly transported the assault rifles from Arizona to Texas. He also is charged with lying to FBI agents about his involvement with the planned attack denying he even knew the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was scheduled to take place.
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