Gunman Dead after Opening Fire in Downtown Austin
A Texas man is now dead after allegedly opening fire at three different locations in downtown Austin early this morning. Officials say over a hundred rounds were fired on locations including the Austin police department, the federal courthouse and the Mexican Consulate. The shooting spree ended around 2:30 AM when the suspect drove up in a white van and fired at a police officer outside the police station. The officer returned fire, hitting the suspect. Austin police chief Art Acevedo says the suspect is a white male, approximately fifty years old and an Austin resident. It remains unclear if police fatally shot the suspect or if the suspect took his own life. During the incident, officers who approached the suspect saw cylinders in his nearby vehicle, and discovered he was wearing a vest they thought may be rigged to explode. A bomb squad was called. It was later determined the items were not explosive.