It figures that the only time there’s an event like this in our home town, all of the TTAG staff is back at their point of origin instead of on the ground covering the event. Anyway, from reports it sounds like last night around 2 AM a person began randomly shooting at government buildings and trying to set them on fire. Reports indicate that “over 100 rounds” were fired, but the only person to actually be harmed is the shooter — who is now dead after a single well-placed round from a good guy with a gun. From CNN . . .
A man shot up a federal courthouse and a Mexican consulate — which he also seemingly tried to set ablaze — early Friday before being shot dead outside the Austin, Texas, police headquarters, that city’s police chief said.
The shooter fired “over 100 rounds” in a roughly 10-minute span, but he did not hit anyone even though the bullets ricocheted at a typically busy time in downtown Austin, when streets fill up with people after bars close for the night.
“This Thanksgiving … weekend, I give thanks that no one but the suspect is injured or deceased,” police Chief Art Acevedo said. “That’s something that we should all take a lot of comfort in.”
Authorities have not offered a motive, but the police chief said that the shooter’s “violent anti-government behavior” — as evidenced by attacking buildings that belong to Mexico’s government, the U.S. government and, in the police headquarters, the city government — may have come from ongoing and often vitriolic debates in society.
I think the police chief in Austin might be on to something. Thanksgiving dinner with relatives is often enough to drive people to insanity — I have no idea how I survived the night with my New York Democrat relatives without popping a brain aneurysm — but going out and shooting at buildings is not something that you hear happen all the time. Especially at 2 in the morning.
Details are a little sketchy on the actual motives behind the man’s actions and what he used, but the basics will be enough to send MSNBC on one of their typical rants:
Acevedo didn’t name the shooter but described him as a male Austin resident about 50 years old who had a criminal history.
Crazy old man with a gun who hates the government. Great.