One of the gunmen identified as being involved in the shooting at a Prophet Muhammad art contest in Garland Sunday night had been on the FBI’s radar since at least 2005.
While the names of the gunmen have not been confirmed by police, a federal law enforcement official told NBC 5’s Scott Gordon one of the suspects in the shooting is Elton Simpson. Simpson, 31, had his passport revoked and has been known to the FBI since 2005 and on a terror watch list since 2011. NBC News also confirmed the name of the second suspect as Nadir Soofi, Simpson’s roommate.
Simpson, who turned 31 Saturday, once told an informant he was tired of “living under non-Muslims” and planned to engage in a religious war, vowing, “If you get shot, or you get killed, it’s (heaven) straight away.”
Simpson was charged in Phoenix in 2010 with lying to agents about planning to go to Somalia to engage in a religious war, according to court documents.
Judge Mary Murguia found that Simpson had lied to FBI agents but that there was not enough evidence to prove that he intended to commit terrorist acts.
He was sentenced to three years probation and fined $600.