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TERROR IN TEXAS: Garland Gunman Elton Simpson Was Muslim Convert

Posted on | May 4, 2015 | 30 Comments

Sunday night’s terrorist attack on the American Freedom Defensive Initiative “Draw Mohammed” event in Texas was apparently committed by an Arizona man who converted to Islam:

The father of one of the suspected gunman in the Garland, Texas shooting told ABC News today that his son “made a bad choice.”
“We are Americans and we believe in America,” Dunston Simpson said. “What my son did reflects very badly on my family.”
Simpson’s son, Elton, was identified earlier today to ABC News by a senior FBI official as one of the suspects in Sunday’s failed attack on a Texas community center that was hosting an event displaying cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Elton Simpson and another man were killed by a police officer after they opened fire on the officer and a security guard, local police said.
Today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson’s home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix conducting searches of the apartment. Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting. Prior to that, the Twitter account holder had published messages sympathetic to Islamic terror groups such as ISIS.

Kristinn Taylor at Gateway Pundit has an excellent roundup, including this report from the Los Angeles Times:

Two social media accounts tweeted messages about the attack apparently before it happened.
A Twitter account titled “Shariah is Light” — bearing the image of extremist Islamic propagandist Anwar Awlaki, who was killed in an American drone strike in Yemen in 2011 — posted an allusion to the attack just minutes before it happened.
Before the shooting, the “Shariah is Light” account also tweeted a command to follow another account, titled “AbuHussainAlBritani,” which also tweeted before and after the attack. . . .
“The knives have been sharpened, soon we will come to your streets with death and slaughter!” tweeted the “AbuHussainAlBritani” account before the attack.
After the attack, the “AbuHussainAlBritani” account began tweeting praise of the Texas shooting, and linked the attack to the militant group Islamic State.
“Allahu Akbar!!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire at the … art exhibition in texas!” the account tweeted. “Kill Those That Insult The Prophet.”
“They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State,” the account tweeted.
The accounts have since been suspended.

The second shooter has just been identified:

Law enforcement officials said Monday afternoon that the second shooter in the Texas attack was Nadir Soofi, 34, Simpson’s roommate.
FBI agents searched a Phoenix apartment Monday as part of the investigation into the shooting, which occurred Sunday evening in Garland, a city near Dallas.
The FBI had begun monitoring Simpson again recently. Authorities said Monday that they were still working to determine details about the two men and who may have instigated the plan. The FBI does not believe the shooting was directed by an international terrorist group, but is still investigating.

UPDATE: Today I’ve had my office TV on CNN all day and it was insulting to watch the network go out of its way to depict Pamela Geller as an irresponsible hatemonger. They had on two different guests (Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich) from the SPLC, as well as a professor who has written a book about “Islamophobia.” Noah Rothman at Hot Air discusses the liberal media’s smears against Geller and observes:

This isn’t the first time an organization listed as a “hate group” by the SPLC was attacked by gun-wielding maniacs, but you don’t see many media outlets looking into the climate of murderous violence inspired by this liberal advocacy group.

The SPLC is a dangerous totalitarian propaganda outfit.

UPDATE II: More information about Nadir Soofi:

According to his Facebook page, Soofi spent a considerable amount of time with his little brother. He’s a graduate of the University of Utah and the International School of Islamabad in Pakistan. His page also shows multiple posts featuring Palestinian and anti-police propaganda. Frequently, he posts the phrase “Eid Mubarak” meaning celebration to the blessed. Soofi was the owner of Effinity Solutions, a carpet cleaning business in Phoenix. In July 2013, he called himself a “newbie to the carpet cleaning industry.”

Just another law-abiding adherent of the Religion of Peace.



30 Responses to “TERROR IN TEXAS: Garland Gunman Elton Simpson Was Muslim Convert”

  1. theoldsargesays
    May 4th, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

    My hat’s off to the police officer who shot and killed these terrorists.
    That’s some mighty fine shooting taking two out while under fire.

  2. WarEagle82
    May 4th, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

    It is difficult to say who is crazier: The Islamic terrorists or the MSM.

    I can just see the next headline!

    “Evil Zionist oppressor and gender-traitor jumps in front of poor, oppressed ‘religion of peace’ practitioners during administration of sacraments!”

  3. WarEagle82
    May 4th, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

    And I forgot the obligatory sub-title: “Muslim women and children hardest hit!”

  4. Durasim
    May 4th, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    I am wondering why there was a delay in identifying the second gunman after they identified the first one. When they identified the first one, you could tell based on his name that he was probably a convert. That goes along with some of the recent Muslim inspired crimes in this country (i.e. Colleen LaRose, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, Alton Nolan, Zachary Chesser, etc.)

    Since the second gunman sounds like a person who was born Muslim and not a convert, that may undercut the MSM’s recent tactic, which is to claim that American-born converts to Islam do not count as “real” Muslims and so their actions are not supposed to count against the religion.

    We are frequently assured that Islam is “not a monolith” and that Muslims are a diverse and pluralistic people. Yet, when these newer and “diverse” Muslims commit crimes, we are told that they do not count as “real” Muslims because they are white, black, or are just not the right kind of brown person (Jose Padilla).

  5. Matt_SE
    May 4th, 2015 @ 4:06 pm

    My hope is that Islamofascists, being realists, will resume attacking the soft targets of blue states. These two peons barely managed to wound a guard before being liquidated. Texas is obviously far too great a challenge for jihadis.

  6. Adobe_Walls
    May 4th, 2015 @ 4:14 pm

    Pamela Geller is a homeland security genius. Along with whoever helped make this event a reality, they’ve created a template for how to deal with our ”homegrown” terrorists problem.

  7. Jim R
    May 4th, 2015 @ 4:17 pm

    When *I* was a lad, we had names for people who were so easily offended, who had to be treated with kidd gloves lest they fly into a murderous rage:

    Savages, loonies, and psychoes.

    We also had things we used to deal with them:

    Prisons, electric chairs, hospitals for the criminally insane, and guns.

    The good ol’ days…

  8. Joseph Brandon
    May 4th, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    Pam Geller, the organizer of the event is a hero to me in so many ways
    (and way hot to boot!). She stands steadfastly against the Radical
    Muslim radicals as well as pointing out the genocide being carried out
    against Christians as well as Jews by this scum. For this she is vilified and worse by
    the powers that be. Her stand for Freedom of Speech and ideals has got
    to be heeded by all.

    Kudos to her as well as to the police who gunned down the radical scum.

  9. Daniel Freeman
    May 4th, 2015 @ 4:51 pm

    An earwitness who was outside of the building — my best guess, smoke break — heard a lot of bangs happen very quickly, then two slower ones. A police spokesman said that they opened fire on the security guard, then a police officer who was nearby came over and shot them, and that it all happened in a matter of seconds.

    Putting them together potentially implies that the terrorists fired wildly at the security guard, hitting him once in the leg, and then the police officer shot them each once. If so, that would be some mighty fine shooting indeed.

  10. theoldsargesays
    May 4th, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

    I wonder of these two jamokes were shooting from the “gangsta stance”, i.e. gun held sideways and at forehead level?

  11. concern00
    May 4th, 2015 @ 5:14 pm

    It’s all about the image…not so much where the bullets end up.

  12. concern00
    May 4th, 2015 @ 5:16 pm

    Noticed this wonderful metaphor in an Australian newspaper. I wonder if the writer, Kuranda Seyit, spokesman of the Islamic Council of Victoria, appreciates irony.

    “…if you poke a dog with a stick it’s going to bite you.”

    They certainly are dogs.

  13. WarEagle82
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:20 pm

    Kind of brings new meaning to “pray and spray.” But if these two morons were stupid enough to forget to cover their six when they engaged a target, well, I guess they didn’t pay much attention to the “jihadi video training series.”

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    I can’t wait until these two morons figure out their “72 virgins” in paradise are male goats!

  14. Fail Burton
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:37 pm

    Hmmmmm… becomes Muslim, attempts murder over cartoon. But proposed victim guilty of hate mongering.

    Well, that’s an open and shut case…

    … in Medina.

  15. Fail Burton
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:39 pm

    If you move into a real and viable civilization you won’t understand it. Everything will appear mysterious. Laws, cell phones – everything.

  16. Fail Burton
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:41 pm

    Christian alchemy fatal to innocent Muslims. Lead enters body, life flees.

  17. Quartermaster
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:41 pm

    Stake yourself out as bait? May work in Texas, but I think I would be cautious in most other states.

  18. Quartermaster
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:43 pm

    Nah. Their “72 virgins” are demons. That’s why the virgins remain virgins.

  19. Quartermaster
    May 4th, 2015 @ 6:44 pm

    I am far more interested in the final location of the projectiles than I am in temporary appearances. The final appearance is all that matters.

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  21. theoldsargesays
    May 4th, 2015 @ 7:33 pm


  22. Daniel O'Brien
    May 4th, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

    Poked or not, they are still dogs. Mad dogs need to be put down.

  23. Adobe_Walls
    May 4th, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

    No we can’t confine this to Texas, though any of the western states having box canyons present positive tactical scenarios.

  24. Steve Skubinna
    May 5th, 2015 @ 7:33 am

    Raisins. Not kidding.

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  26. K-Bob
    May 6th, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

    That’s why we have guns.

  27. K-Bob
    May 6th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

    I just poured out a rant you might like (or hate) over at Scoop’s. It concerns Rev. Graham’s “disappointment” at the Geller event, which according to him was all about mocking a religion. Herewith begins said rant (sorry for the copy and paste):


    This is pathetic. Sometimes watching conservative leaders is like watching a guy try to walk upstairs, and he keeps stepping on his own necktie.

    You know, the purpose of the event was *not* mockery. Not even close. Not even all of the images were intended as mockery (most were, but some fell directly under the heading of political cartoon, and were much more commentary than mockery). You can see a lot of the submitted images here:

    Geller herself did not engage in mockery. I personally doubt any of the speakers engaged in mockery, but even if any did, so what? Did they spend the entire speech in mockery? I doubt it. They were addressing a SERIOUS problem: every religion is relentlessly mocked by the left except for one. (Any guesses?)

    And by the way, Fawstin’s winning image was not mockery. It was political commentary.

    So the vast majority of right-side response to Geller’s event is based—once again—on the way the left framed the event in the public discourse. How very stupid.

    And kudos to the interviewer, who got it right. Graham is discouraged? Are you kidding me?

    This is one reason I tend to stay at arm’s length from the conservative movement (or any other movement, really). Conservatives have a strong tendency to let the left frame the issues, determine the language used, and establish the “real” reasons for any event. This is a continual source of frustration. You can’t win that way. It’s like spotting the enemy all of the best artillery positions before a battle.

    Andrew Breitbart understood this clearly. It’s behind a lot of his writing and speaking if you care to revisit it. His most famous quote is probably this one: “Politics is downstream from culture.” He hoped to get conservatives and libertarians involved in moving upstream so they can have more say in the popular culture. (And it’s been a double-edged sword, with many conservatives swimming upstream, only to begin sounding like liberal nutjobs because they STILL let the left frame the debate).

    Things like this claim by Graham are maddening. And it happens over and over again. Ben Carson has reacted wrongly on several current event-related issues because of this problem. Trump made a fool out of himself once again by doing so. Carly Fiorina did, too. Ready, Fire, Aim.

    Get ahead of the left, d*mmit.

    Stop letting *them* decide what terms to use.

    And for God’s sake, do some freaking research before opening your yap and letting the default language of the left pour out and frame your stupid response.

  28. Daniel Freeman
    May 6th, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

    George Lakoff intended his insights about framing the debate for the left, but like Alinsky, they’re useful for everyone. Also, the Overton window and the five moral spheres. They know these things, so we have to.

  29. K-Bob
    May 7th, 2015 @ 12:31 am

    True. It’s also basic marketing & advertising.

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