While the White House still won’t call it a terrorist attack, word out of the FBI on Thursday that the Bureau had been in communication with Garland Police hours before the attack. They had provided a picture of Elton Simpson, and his license plate information, and including him with a group of people thought to have “high interest” in the Mohammad Art Exhibit and Contest event over the weekend.
KDFW-Fox 4 TV Senior Reporter Shaun Rabb on with Greta Van Sustern on Fox News Channel in the 7pm hour on Thursday night, saying that the FBI wasn’t sure exactly where Simpson was, in his hometown of Phoenix, in Dallas, or somewhere in-between, and that there was ‘no specific threat”, but that he was added to the list of people with “high interest” in the event at the Caldwell Center in Garland.
Rabb reporting that the FBI’s Dallas office had a meeting of the regional Joint Terrorism Task Force on Friday, amid a atmosphere that one attendee said “felt like something could happen.” They subsequently put out alerts to area law enforcement.
He also reported that the FBI agents were on the scene at the time of the shooting.
FBI Director James Comey briefed reporters in Washington, D.C., according to a report on Reuters. “We didn’t know more [than] that,” Comey said, “but pushed out the intel bulletin which is a good practice, frankly,” Comey said, adding there was no actual threat information regarding Simpson.
Garland police have not yet responded to this new information.
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