ABC News—The father of one of the suspected gunmen 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.
Dunston Simpson said his son worked at a dentist's office but was "on vacation" for the last few weeks and that the two last spoke three weeks ago. But they "had not much to talk about, because we had some very serious differences."
Still, the elder Simpson said that while he was a strict father, Elton was "always a good kid." . . .
Kristina Sitton, who represented Simpson in the 2010 trial, said her former client had been on a no-fly list and that the FBI had attempted to get Simpson to cooperate with them, even after his conviction. She saw him, she said, as "harmless."
"He grew up the most normal guy. Just a normal high school guy... Converting to Islam seemed like a good thing for him. He had been going down a bad path and then he found Islam," Sitton told ABC News. "He never struck me as someone who would do this sort of thing. I'm not a bleeding heart, I'm a Republican. I've seen some pretty bad guys and he seemed pretty normal." (Continue Reading.)
Monday, May 4, 2015
Texas Jihadist Elton Simpson Was a Convert to Islam
If Elton Simpson hadn't converted to Islam, he would still be alive today.