The gunman who opened fire at the McKinney, Texas police headquarters this morning and was then killed has now been identified as 29-year-old Patrick Gray Sharp.
According to McKinney police, Sharp had operated a Ford F-150 pickup truck that attached a trailer. The truck was driven to the station, which was then ignited as a way to get the people’s attention to evacuate them from the building.
The things that were found inside the trailer were wood chips, roadside flares, gasoline, and ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the kind used in the Oklahoma City bombing that occurred back on April of 1995, according to police.
With all these materials discovered, it seemed as if the shooter had a plan and was well-prepared, revealing premeditation and deliberation of his plan.
Police discovered over 100 shell casings in the area; in addition, 23 windows of the building have been wrecked, according to McKinney Police Chief Doug Kowalski.
Once the incident began, officers fired back. Sharp was then slain around 50 to 200 yards south of the police station. At this moment, it is still not known as to whether Sharp died as a result of police gunfire or as a result of suicide.
Luckily, no one else was hurt in the ordeal, which started at around 9am.
The duration of the ordeal was not more than 5 minutes, according to Kowalski, who also said that they are still trying to figure out the motive for the attack.
It was learned by Kowalski that the shooter had no criminal history whatsoever, and that his background is now under investigation.
At approximately 3:30pm, authorities had a search warrant, allowing them to go inside the residence of the shooter, located in rural Anna. According to neighbors, they spotted the suspect as he was departing this morning in the vehicle described above: the truck, with a trailer attached. The pickup truck and trailer similar to the one described was viewed on the TV news by the neighbors.
A next door resident has described Sharp as a “quiet person,” and would “fire handguns into the air during Christmas and the Fourth of July.” Both Sharp and the next door resident also “talked about building a fence between their yards.”
When the gunman’s body was discovered, police also discovered a .223 assault rifle, a .12-gauge shotgun, and a .45 semi-automatic pistol that he had with him, and they are possibly assault weapons, according to Kowalski.
It was learned that the shooter had a MySpace account, and in it revealed a page consisting of a man holding several firearms. A caption was also included in that page, saying “I love guns more than toothpaste.” There was also another picture that revealed a steel plate that was shot up, with a caption saying “what if that was your face?” And a third picture revealed a target with an image of Osama bin Laden. The last time the page was modified was July 8, and it illustrated the owner as “agitated.” The page was deemed private this afternoon, until it was completely confiscated later on.
With all these findings, this incident sounded like another attempted domestic terrorist attack.
The shootout resulted in Collin College to go on lockdown and Vega Elementary School on short lockdown, since the two places were located near the scene of the crime.
Students and staff members of the college were advised not to approach the campus through an e-mail message that announced “Shots fired. Campus on lockdown. Cops on the scene. Details to follow.”