Houston airport shooter ‘liked’ terrorist who tried to kill Nixon by hijacking a plane

Patrick Howley Political Reporter
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Carnell Marcus Moore, the man who fired two shots with a gun before killing himself at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston Thursday, indicated on Facebook that he was a fan of Samuel Byck, the would-be terrorist who shot himself to death in an airport during a standoff with police while trying to assassinate President Richard Nixon in 1974.

Moore, 29, fired at least one shot into the airport ceiling Thursday afternoon, reportedly prompting law enforcement to fire at him. The Beaumont, Texas, resident reportedly then committed suicide near the airport’s Terminal B. Moore left a suicide note, which described his inability to control his “monster inside,” according to Houston police.

Houston is the site of the annual National Rifle Association leadership conference, which launches Friday. The conference is expected to feature Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and numerous other conservative political figures.

Moore appeared to be a fan of a would-be Nixon assassin, whose violent attempt to shoot his way through an airport and hijack a plane was portrayed on film by Sean Penn in the 2004 film “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”

Moore noted on Facebook that he “liked” Samuel Byck, the failed salesman who murdered a pilot and police officer at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in an attempt to hijack a plane and crash it into the White House to kill President Nixon in 1974. Byck committed suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with police.

“This Life Will Crash Tomorrow,” Moore wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

Moore was an employee of the California-based contractor Allied HVAC at some point, according to his Facebook page.  The page also indicates that Moore was a member of the class of 2007 at Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Texas, where he majored in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and the class of 2002 at Mt. Zion High School in Morrow, Georgia.

Some of Moore’s other “likes” include historic Democratic politician Huey Long and the Innocence Project, the nonprofit litigation and public policy organization founded by former O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck, which says it is “dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.”

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