Friday, January 22, 2010

Houston Man Accused of Firing Shots at Texas Capitol
Thursday, Jan 21, 2010

A 24-year-old Houston man opened fire on the south steps of the Texas Capitol Thursday, according to state troopers.

Fausto Cardenas is in the Travis County Jail charged with Deadly Conduct, a third-degree felony. Watch security video of deputies bringing Fausto Cardenas into the Travis County Jail

According to a post on State Sen. Dan Patrick’s Twitter account, a man came to his office acting strangely. His staff called security.

Witnesses say the man went outside followed by Department of Public Safety troopers. He fired several shots from a small caliber handgun. Troopers then pinned him down and took him into custody. Other officers locked down the building.

No one was injured.

Investigators say they do not know a motive in the shooting but they believe Cardenas acted alone.

Late Thursday after the Capitol remained closed to the public but lawmakers and staff could enter.

Only a few lawmakers were there because the Legislature was not in session. House Speaker Joe Straus' office said he was stuck in the building while it was on lockdown. Sen. Leticia Van De Putte wrote on her Twitter page that she was also inside.

Gov. Rick Perry was not in the building at the time.

“I commend the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who responded swiftly to a shooter on the South Steps of the State Capitol. Thanks to their efforts no one was injured and the shooter was apprehended immediately and taken in to custody,” he said.

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