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Elton Simpson ID’d as 1 of 2 Gunmen in Muhammad Art Exhibit Attack (Photo Credit: ABC News Video Screengrab)

Elton Simpson ID’d in Muhammad art exhibit attack

Elton Simpson has been identified as one of two gunmen in the Muhammad art exhibit attack in Garland Texas.

The event was hosted by Pamela Geller at an arena in Garland.

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According to ABC News, officials suspect Simpson was behind several Twitter messages sent out before the attack, the last of which came half an hour before the shooting and used the hashtag “#texasattack.”

“May Allah accept us as mujahideen [those engaged in jihad],” the tweet said.

Simpson was well known to the FBI. Five years ago he was convicted for lying to federal agents. He denied talking about traveling to Somalia in 2009 to engage in “violent jihad,” when, in fact, he had, according to the federal indictment.

On March 14, 2011, U.S. District Judge Mary Murguia found Simpson guilty of making a false statement to the FBI, but wrote that there was “insufficient evidence to support that the false statement ‘involved’ international terrorism.” He received three years’ probation. Source: Dallas Morning News