Gunfire at the Texas Capitol; Suspect in Custody

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

*Update: The man who fired several shots on the steps of the Capitol has been identified as 24 year-old Fausto Cardenas.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas state police say one person is in custody after gunshots were fired on the south steps of the Texas Capitol, but it isn't clear if anybody was injured.

More than half a dozen Texas Department of Public Safety cars descended on the capitol Thursday afternoon, and officers toting rifles surrounded the building.

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement commending the Texas Department of Public Safety’s swift action in responding to a shooter at the State Capitol:

“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.”

The officers were in the process of securing the Capitol's third floor around noon, said Tristan Letscher, police communications operator for the DPS.

The building is in lockdown and the suspect is in custody, DPS spokeswoman Lisa Block said.

A witness said he heard three or four shots fired.

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