A Texas man who shot up downtown Austin buildings and tried to burn the Mexican Consulate before he was gunned down by police last Friday harbored extremist right-wing views and appeared to be planning a broader attack against churches and government facilities, law enforcement officials said yesterday, the Associated Press reports. Larry McQuilliams had several weapons, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a map of 34 downtown buildings that likely were targets in his pre-dawn rampage the day after Thanksgiving, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Investigators said McQuilliams left no note describing his plans or motive. Inside his van investigators found a copy of “Vigilantes of Christendom,” a 1990 book associated with the Christian Identity movement known as the Phineas Priesthood. The shadowy sect holds religious beliefs against banking, abortion and a strong central government and espouses anti-Semitic and racist views. FBI agent Christopher Combs noted that some people who knew McQuilliams told investigators he’d been upset that he couldn’t find a job and believed immigrants were given more services than he was.