Texas attack: 2 used assault rifles

2015-05-04 18:33
Members of the FBI escort a resident, front right, from the police cordon area as authorities search an apartment in Phoenix. (Ross D Franklin, AP)

Members of the FBI escort a resident, front right, from the police cordon area as authorities search an apartment in Phoenix. (Ross D Franklin, AP)

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Garland - Police in Garland, Texas, say two men had opened fire with assault rifles on officers outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Officer Joe Harn said Monday the men, killed by security officers, also had more ammunition. He said investigators searched their vehicle and detonated several suspicious items, but no bombs were found in the vehicle.

He said luggage was found in vehicle but he wasn't sure what specifically was found amid the luggage

Harn said the officer shot in the lower leg was the only officer hurt.

He said a security plan for the event had been developed over several months.

Search

A resident of the Phoenix apartment complex where an apartment and a vehicle are being searched as part of the investigation into a Texas shooting is describing what he observed.

Douglas Hayes said he was watching a movie late on Sunday night when noise outside prompted him to go out on his balcony, located right above where the vehicle was parked.

The 25-year-old says police cars flooded the complex and he saw SWAT team members throughout the complex.

Hayes said early on Monday he heard a noise that turned out to be law enforcement personnel breaking into a parked white minivan. Hayes says the windows were broken, leaving glass scattered about.

Agents used a power saw to cut open the vehicle's back door. Hayes said agents processed the van for hours afterwards.

Phoenix

FBI agents searched an apartment and a vehicle at a Phoenix apartment complex as part of the investigation into the deadly shooting outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

Agents wearing FBI jackets could be seen going in and out of an apartment and also searching a white Chevy minivan. They took what appeared to be plastic bottles out of the vehicle.

The apartment is on the first floor of a two-story building. The area around the building is sealed off but residents could be seen walking about and standing on their balconies observing the law enforcement presence.

News media helicopters kept an eye on the Autumn Ridge Apartments complex, which has several hundred apartments in multiple buildings.

The FBI says agents were searching a Phoenix apartment as part of the investigation into the deadly shooting outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons.

FBI spokesperson Perryn Collier on Monday confirmed the Phoenix residence is being searched for indications of what prompted the shooting Sunday that left two gunmen dead and a security officer wounded outside a centre in Garland.

ABC News cites a senior FBI official in reporting that one of the gunmen, a resident of the Phoenix apartment, was known to authorities and was the subject of an investigation. The ABC report says the man was convicted five years ago of lying to federal agents about plans to travel to Africa, in an apparent attempt to join a terror group there.

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