Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings

Police tape marks off the scene after authorities apparently shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday. (AP)

A gunman who fired more than 100 rounds into government buildings in Austin, Texas, and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate early this morning is dead.

USA Today reports that authorities in the state capital were trying to determine if police killed the man in a shootout or he took his own life.

Police said the first shots were fired at around 2:22 a.m. Friday by a white man in his 50s. He shot at the Mexican consulate, the United States Federal Courthouse in Austin, a BB&T bank and the Austin Police Department headquarters, according to KVUE.

About 10 minutes later, police returned fire and the shooter fell to the ground. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said that officers noticed the shooter was wearing "some sort of vest" and that they found "suspicious cylinders" inside his van, KVUE says.

Acevedo said at least 100 rounds were fired. He said the fire at the consulate was extinguished and that no one but the gunman had been injured in the shooting.

The Associated Press says that investigators were trying to determine a motive.

The AP notes: "The governor's mansion is a few blocks away from the police station; it's not known whether Gov. Rick Perry was there at the time."

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