‘Moderate’ Muslim businessman identified as second gunman in terrorist attack on ‘Draw the prophet Mohammed’ free speech event in Texas

Multiple news outlets are reporting the name of the second shooter in Garland, Texas yesterday, identifying him as Nadir Soofi. Soofi and previously-identified shooter Elton Simpson were roommates.

Nadir Soofi

Nadir Soofi

Heavy  Nadir Hamid Soofi has been named as one of the gunmen, along with Elton Simpson, in the Garland Prophet Muhammad Art Contest shooting.  Simpson had been under FBI surveillance following a 2010 conviction on a terror-related charge, but as CNN reported earlier, Soofi was not, and law enforcement was reportedly not even that aware of him.

Nadir Soofi owned a carpet cleaning business in Phoenix. 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.”

Soofi pictured with his young brother

Soofi pictured with his young brother

AZ Family reports that the two gunmen lived at an apartment on 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road (above) in Phoenix. The day after the shooting, FBI agents, some clad in bomb squad gear, searched the apartment. The car they drove to the attack in Garland was registered in Arizona. The car, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, was owned by Soofi. 

Police said prior Soofi’s name being released that the two had gone to the event with the intention of killing people. Both were armed with assault rifles. Garland cops stopped short of calling the attack a terrorist incident. (Then what is it – a misguided misunderstander of Islam attack?)

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