Phoenix-area resident Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem was charged this morning with helping to plan the May 3 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. The shooters, Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson, were killed at the scene; no one attending the conference was hurt.
According to the indictment filed in court last week, Kareem hosted the gunmen in his home and provided the weapons they used in the shooting. Kareem also practiced shooting with Simpson and Soofi in the desert outside of Phoenix between January and May and helped plan their trip to Texas.
Kareem was arrested by the FBI on June 11 and was charged Tuesday with conspiracy, making false statements, and interstate transportation of firearms with the intent to commit a felony.