January’s “Stand with the prophet” Sunni Muslim conference, which Geller’s event was held in response to, was a fundraiser to help “build a communication center for the Muslim community” to combat American media and “defend prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message in the U.S. where this anti-Islam hate machine is based,” according to a post on the Sound Vision website, which has since been removed.
One of the suspects in the Texas attack was identified as Elton Simpson, a Muslim and U.S. citizen who was born at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and was once the subject of a terror inquiry, FBI officials said as they launched an investigation into the incident.
Texas officials have said that the suspects, Simpson alongside Nadir Soofi, drove up to the Curtis Culwell Events Center in the Dallas suburb of Garland where the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” was being held, and opened fire. They wounded Bruce Joiner, an off-duty Garland police officer, was working the event as an unarmed security guard for the Garland Independent School District which owns the facility.
The Texas shooting is the first time ISIS has directly claimed responsibility for an attack on American soil, though it has warned of such intentions several times in the past.