[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Police have identified at least one of the suspects who opened fire at the ‘Draw Muhammad’ event held in Garland, Texas on Sunday. Elton Simpson, from Phoenix, was killed by Garland police, along with a second as yet unidentified suspect, after shooting a Garland security officer in the leg. Authorities are searching Simpson’s apartment, located in north Phoenix, this morning.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The Daily Mail reported that Simpson has been a target of FBI investigations. During his conversations with an FBI informant, he admitted that he intended to fight for the Muslim way of life.
Court documents state: ‘Mr. Simpson said that the reward is high because “If you get shot, or you get killed, it’s [heaven] straight away”…. “[Heaven] that’s what we here for…so why not take that route?”‘
He added that in countries, such as Palestine, Iraq and Somalia, ‘they trying to bring democracy over there man, they’re trying to make them live by man-made laws, not by Allah’s laws’.
He went on: ‘That’s why they get fought. You try to make us become slaves to man? No we slave to Allah, we going to fight you to the death.’
Simpson spoke often about his devotion to Islam, and desire to die a martyr for the cause. Given the fact that ISIS has made numerous threats to the United States on social media and in their propaganda videos, the involvement of an American converted Muslim committing jihad within our borders should be a source of concern.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]He was tried in 2010 for his suspected involvement with Islamic terrorists based upon evidence found during the FBI investigation. However, a judge determined that it was not adequately proven that Simpson intended to join a terrorist group. At that time, Simpson was sentenced to three years probation for lying to authorities.
Simpson’s attorney during that trial, Kristen Sitton, said that her client was on a no-fly list, but she viewed him as harmless. Sitton said during an interview with ABC News, “He grew up the most normal guy. Just a normal high school guy… Converting to Islam seemed like a good thing for him. He had been going down a bad path and then he found Islam. He never struck me as someone who would do this sort of thing. I’m not a bleeding heart, I’m a Republican. I’ve seen some pretty bad guys and he seemed pretty normal.”
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