Larry McQuilliams, the Texas man who was killed by police after he shot more than 100 rounds into buildings in Austin and tried to burn down the Mexican consulate, was a “homegrown, American extremist” who held held extreme rightwing views, officials said on Monday.
Austin’s police chief, Art Acevedo, called McQuilliams a “terrorist” in a Monday press conference.
Investigators said McQuilliams had ammunition, weapons and a gas mask in a van he had parked outside a police station. A list of 34 other targets marked on a map were also found in the van, along with a book called Vigilantes of Christendom.
The 1990 book introduced the concept of the white supremacist group Phineas Priesthood, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL said the group sought to avenge “crimes” committed against the white race and “has been adopted or popularised by some of the country’s most radical racists and has provided a religious justification for acts of domestic terrorism”.
A handwritten note found inside McQuilliams’s copy of the book referred to the gunman as a “priest in the fight against anti-God people”.