Austin: And So It Begins

Christmas came early for the Left.

USA Today, 11:57 a.m. EST November 28, 2014: “Slain Austin shooter likely had anti-government motive” (emphasis added):

AUSTIN, Texas — A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound.

The unidentified suspect was described as white male in his 50s with a criminal record.

Police were investigating whether the gunman was killed by a police officer who fired at him in front of police headquarters or died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A police sergeant putting away police horses for the night shot the suspect with one hand while holding two horses by the reins in the other, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters.

After the shooting, police discovered suspicious cylinders in the man’s white van parked in front of the police headquarters. Officers also feared that the man’s bulky vest might contain explosives and retreated after dragging the wounded suspect across the street.

A bomb squad, using a robot, found no explosives, Acevedo said. The man’s Austin home was also searched, police said, KVUE-TV reports.

The police chief said the suspect not only shot up several buildings in downtown Austin, he tried to set the Mexican consulate on fire using several small propane cylinders. The fires were put out before the flames could spread, he said.

The police chief said the suspect’s targets indicated that he might have had anti-government motives linked to immigration.

“If you look at the targets, it doesn’t take a genius (to suggest) that that is the potential,” Acevedo said.

“I would venture that political rhetoric might have fed into some of this, but that is speculation on my part,” he added.

The gunfire broke out at around 2:20 a.m. local time, police said. The police chief said the city was particularly fortunate that no one was injured, given the normal activiites in downtown Austin on a Friday night.

At the height of the incident, police closed the Interstate highway through downtown Austin.

Well that didn’t take long, did it?

Remember all the times we were told not to jump to conclusions as to motive when a madman with a Muslim-sounding name went on a spree?

Me neither.

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Etc., etc., etc.


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