Houston Gunman Planned Bigger Attack: Report

Carnell Moore apparently changed his mind

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 3, 2013 2:18 AM CDT | Updated May 3, 2013 5:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – The gunman who was killed—possibly by his own hand—at a Houston airport yesterday left a number of chilling posts on Facebook the day before, prompting CBS News to suggest he was planning a mass shooting. But a note he was carrying, discovered after he was shot, said he'd opted to drop a larger plot and kill himself, KHOU reports; the note cited a "monster within." Suspect Carnell Moore, 29, entered Bush Intercontinental Airport's Terminal B yesterday, where he sat down and shot two rounds at the ceiling with a pistol, CBS reports.

That's when a Homeland Security special agent told him to drop his gun. Moore didn't, says a Homeland Security spokesman, per the Houston Chronicle. He turned to face the agent, who shot Moore just as he was shooting himself, CBS notes. A suitcase next to him held a loaded AR15 assault rifle; his car contained more ammunition. Among his earlier Facebook posts was one on Wednesday: "I recently had the chance of staring death in the face, and she was beautiful." Later that night, he wrote, "This Life Will Crash Tomorrow!"

Airport security members divert traffic around the Marriott before getting to Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Houston.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Karen Warren)
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