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Austin Shooter Targeted the Mexican Consulate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Austin police say a gunman fired more than 100 rounds at the Mexican Consulate, city police headquarters and other downtown buildings before he was killed.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said a police sergeant shot at the gunman, who was about 50, early Friday outside the police station. Acevedo says it’s not clear if police fatally shot the suspect or if he took his own life.

The sergeant, who had just completed a mounted horse patrol, was holding the reins to two horses when he fired.

Acevedo says 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. Officers retreated and a bomb squad was called.

It was later determined the items were not explosive.

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Posted by on Nov 28 2014. Filed under News.
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