The FBI warned police in Garland, Texas, about three hours before a shooting at a weekend exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that one of the gunmen who launched the failed attack was interested in the event, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday. The FBI issued a bulletin to the police department saying Elton Simpson had an interest in the Sunday event held in the Dallas suburb but gave no indication that he planned an attack, Comey told reporters in Washington, according to an FBI spokesman. Garland police were not immediately available for comment. Authorities said Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, of Phoenix were shot and killed by a police officer after they opened fire with assault rifles outside the cartoon event organized by a group that had sponsored anti-Islamic campaigns.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Thunderstorm and flash flood warnings were issued for several Great Plains states on Thursday, a day after a series of tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, causing one death, injuring 12 and flattening buildings. One woman who sought safety in her home's storm shelter died when it flooded in Wednesday night's storms, Oklahoma police said. The weather system battered a region from Texas to Nebraska and spawned dozens of reported tornadoes on Wednesday. Large parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and North Texas were under flash flood and severe thunderstorm watches on Thursday.