The suspect in an Austin shooting is dead after he opened fire on police headquarters early Friday in the Texas capital.
The suspect, who opened fire on other downtown buildings, was also wearing a suspicious vest that authorities originally believed to be explosives. It is unclear if the gunman killed himself or if he was killed by an officer who fired on him. He was not identified by name, but authorities believe the man to be about 50-years-old.
Explosives were not found on the suspect or in his vehicle.
According to CNN:
The 911 calls about shots in Austin began coming in around 2:25 a.m. (3:25 ET) Friday, Assistant Chief Raul Munguia of the Austin police told reporters.
At least three buildings — which police tweeted “an active shooter (was) targeting” — were caught up in it all. A police officer standing outside one of them, police headquarters, saw the gunman and shot him, Munguia said.
The suspect was downed next to a vehicle, inside which police “noticed what appeared to be an improvised explosive device,” the assistant chief said.
No officers were hurt in the shooting. Downtown buildings were evacuated as a precaution and authorities searched nearby buildings to see which structures may have been hit.
Munguia said that police were also investigating where the gunman lived, in an area north of the crime scene.
“We’re going to be checking that particular residence to make sure that we don’t have any explosive devices there,” he said, “so we can make sure that the residents of that particular area are also safe.”
At this point, the gunman’s motives are unknown. No other casualties were reported.
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