The recent Austin shooting has police trying to determine the motive of shooter Larry McQuilliams. While nothing is known for certain at this time, it is believed the Austin shooting may have been in reaction to President Barack Obama’s illegal immigration policy that was recently announced.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the Austin shooting was said to have involved “more than 100 rounds” but somehow no one was injured during McQuilliams’ rampage which last 10 minutes.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says a police sergeant, who was working with the department’s horses from the mounted patrol unit, “held two horses with one hand, he discharged one round, at least one round, with a single handed shot.” It is uncertain whether or not the police officer’s bullet or a self-inflicted gunshot ended the Austin shooting.
Police now know that the police department headquarters, the federal courthouse and the Mexican consulate were the targets of the Austin shooting. All three buildings were riddled with bullet holes fired by McQuilliams. Since the shooter apparently targeted these buildings specifically, it’s believed that anti-government sentiments may have played a role in the motive for the Austin shooting.
Last week, President Barack Obama unilaterally changed immigration policy to allow as many as five million illegal immigrants temporary amnesty from deportation. The executive action continues to be very controversial, and Art Acevedo believes it’s possible that Obama’s illegal immigration policy may have played a role.
“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. If you look at the targets, it doesn’t take a genius [to suggest] that that is the potential,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters on Friday. “I would venture that political rhetoric might have fed into some of this, but that is speculation on my part.”
Larry McQuilliams also attempted to set fire to the Mexican consulate using several small propane tanks, although police officers encountered the shooter while in front of police headquarters. According to the Christian Science Monitor, it was also believed at first the shooter might be wearing an explosive vest, but a bomb squad said his vest and vehicle were clear of any explosive device.