FBI Says There’s No Evidence Texas Shooter Had an ISIS Connection

Federal investigators have released early findings into violence last week, which suggest that the lead shooter at a Muhammad cartoon exhibit in Texas was a lone wolf. The FBI said that “at this point,” there is nothing linking Elton Simpson to ISIS, and there is no evidence that points to Simpson receiving any sort of orders from ISIS. However, Simpson was active on social media and corresponded with jihadists overseas. Simpson and a man named Nadir Soofi were killed by a security officer when they opened fire on the event, in which organizers asked members of the public to submit their own cartoon drawings of Islam’s prophet. Many Muslims find depictions of Muhammad offensive. Satirical and political Muhammad cartoons have sparked violence in the past, including in Paris, where 12 people were killed at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

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