AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.
Police in the city of Austin identified the shooter -- who fired more than 100 rounds including at police headquarters and the Mexican consulate -- as 49-year-old Larry McQuilliams. City police chief Art Acevedo said the suspect, who is white and had a criminal record, may have had a political agenda. "If you look at a person shooting up the Mexican consulate and then the federal building -- this is all speculation -- but when you look at the national debate right now about immigration, that certainly comes to mind," Acevedo told reporters. McQuilliams also tried to set the Mexican consulate on fire, and police said they found portable propane cylinders at the scene.