AUSTIN, TEXAS — As though deliberately confirming the FBI’s assessment this year about the dangers of domestic right-wing terrorists, 49-year-old Larry McQilliams decided to make his voice heard on Obama’s immigration announcement…with a gun.
Details are still coming in, but what we know at this point is that McWilliams (who has a criminal history) showed up at the Federal Courthouse at about 2:22 a.m. this morning, and opened fire on the building. He then moved onto the Mexican Consulate building.
McQuilliam set the Consulate building on fire, and by 2:32 a.m. had reached Police Headquarters. The then began firing shots at the headquarters building. In total, he fired about 100 rounds over the course of a 10-minute period from what a caller described as an “automatic weapon.”
What followed was something like a scene from the Old West.
Outside the police station, a sergeant with the police’s mounted forces happened to be putting away two horses before ending his nightly shift. The officer drew his weapon with one hand, holding onto the horse’s reins with the other. He fired “at least one round,” and the gunman dropped.
See…American cops are still good at something. Apparently.
When they went to the shooter, they found he was wearing a vest with what appeared to by “cylinders” attached to it. They also saw what appeared to be an “improvised explosive device” in the car next to him. After bomb experts checked, they found no explosives — police have yet to comment on what the items were intended for. Ironically, it was the vest and the threat of explosion that kept police from rendering aid in time to save McQuilliams’ life. Which they certainly felt high in the list of priorities.
Thankfully, nobody apart from the shooter himself was injured or killed, even as bullets ricocheted off the buildings.
At the moment, police aren’t sure exactly how McQuilliams actually died. They suspect the fatal wound might have been self-inflicted. Chief Art Acevedo, of the sergeant’s shooting:
“That would have been one heck of a shot. So part of our investigation will be whether the suspect died from our gunshot, from a self-inflicted gunshot or from a combination of both.”
May be, Chief. But then again, this is Texas. And if a Texas cop can’t be trusted to shoot people accurately, then what’s he doing with his time? Doesn’t sound very cop-like to us. This does, though:
“We are under siege at times. And it’s important for people to realize that the men and women in this profession are (the public’s defense) when it comes to … any type of threat, from terrorists or the common criminal.
This Thanksgiving … weekend, I give thanks that no one but the suspect is injured or deceased. That’s something that we should all take a lot of comfort in.”
Darren Wilson would approve.
Insofar as motivation is concerned, Chief Acevedo said this when asked if this was a political, anti-government attack:
“If you look at the targets that were hit, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that that’s a potential.”
Speaking of the possibility of it being related to Obama’s immigration mandate:
“Our political discourse has become very heated and sometimes very angry, and sometimes the rhetoric is not healthy. I would venture, based on my training and experience, that the political rhetoric might have fed into some of this.”
In other words: “The shooter overdosed on Fox News.”
The investigation is ongoing. The shooter’s home has been searched, and police haven’t reported finding any explosive devices there.
A bouncer and bodyguard, McQuilliams was evidently a fan of renaissance fairs, playing dress up and using vintage weaponry like sai and wakisashi. And he’s reasonably good with them, as too. The tri-corner hat he’s wearing in the photo at the top of this page isn’t from a Tea Party rally, as you’d probably think…it’s part of a pirate costume.
In fact, only his last few posts even hint at the intention to do anything like he did. In one he changed his profile picture to that of a Roman soldier. Almost immediately before the shooting, he posted “Set it Off” by Audioslave with a cryptic reference to “Order 1616.” And finally, he changed his profile picture to a tarot card — specifically, the Heirophant. Also called “The Pope” in some decks, the Heirophant forms a bridge between the human and the divine. In the upright position it can mean “wisdom. Reversed, it means “deception” or “duality.”
The pillars on either side represent “law” and “liberty.”
Indeed, McQuilliams seems a study in duality and deception, but it’s pretty clear which “law and liberty” he spoke of with his weapons last night. McQuilliams seemed a man in search of purpose and identity. And it looks like he found them. It’s just a shame he had to find them in the suicidal insanity, deception and hate of Right Wing media.