|Phoenix, AZ — The two men who were shot and killed outside a cartoon exhibit of the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, TX, lived in Phoenix, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed.
The unidentified suspects were killed after they opened fire outside the controversial art exhibit Sunday night, wounding a security guard but injuring no one else.
The FBI confirmed the suspects lived in the Autumn Ridge Apartments near 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road. FBI agents and Phoenix police served a search warrant and entered the apartments to gather evidence.
John Iannarelli, FBI special agent, on Monday morning said the FBI knows little about the suspects, but that information based on the identities of the people there and their vehicle registration revealed they lived in Phoenix.
A news conference has been called for 8 a.m. MST by Garland police in Texas.
The shooting began outside the controversial art exhibit hosted by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The shooting started just as the contest was concluding.
Police said the gunmen drove up to the suburban Dallas venue and shot the security guard.
Police who were on stand-by returned fire and killed both suspects.
The group hosting the event is considered anti-Muslim but they claimed the contest was about protecting freedom of speech.
Iannarelli said FBI agents and Phoenix police breeched the apartment door to allow a robot in to secure the area. Several residents in nearby units were evacuated, but were later allowed to return to their apartments.
Iannarelli said no other suspects were found in the Phoenix apartment and that FBI agents would be looking for evidence. The investigation is being headed by the FBI in Dallas, Iannarelli said.
No other information was available.