At least 2 shot outside Muhammad cartoon exhibit in Texas

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(CNN) — Two people were shot by police outside of an event billed as the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Garland, Texas, on Sunday evening, according to Garland Mayor Douglas Athas, who added, “I believe they are dead.”

A security guard was also wounded, according to Athas. CNN producer Chris Lett, who was covering the event, said there were about 40 people gathered when police announced there had been a shooting.

The event, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, claimed to have received “over 350 submissions of Muhammad cartoons from all over the world.”