HOUSTON—Carnell Marcus Moore, the man who walked into Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and fired two shots before taking his own life with a pistol, tried to abduct a co-worker two days earlier, Houston police said Friday.
At a morning press conference, the Houston Police Department released more details surrounding Thursday’s shooting in Terminal B.
HPD said Moore’s strange actions started on Tuesday outside an apartment complex in Beaumont. It was there he tried to kidnap a co-worker he was infatuated with. The woman later told investigators Moore tried to force her at gunpoint to drive him to Houston.
"She somehow talked him out of doing any harm to her and he released her. He gets in his truck and comes to Houston," said Phil Waters, an HPD Homicide Detective.
The woman reported the incident to Beaumont police on Wednesday morning.
Moore eventually drove himself to Houston in his Chevrolet pickup truck. He checked into the Hotel Derek in the Galleria area late Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday, Moore talked to his brother in Beaumont. The brother told police he was concerned because Carnell had expressed a desire about a month ago to confront a police officer while armed.
"He didn’t use the words ‘suicide by police,’ but certainly that was the implication," Waters said.
During the conversation, Moore told his brother that he no longer had any weapons.
"He told him that everything was OK and that he was over here for a visit," Waters said.
Also on Wednesday, Moore posted two cryptic messages on his Facebook wall: "This Life Will Crash Tomorrow!" and "I recently had the chance of staring death in the face, and she was beautiful."
At some point, Moore used the hotel’s stationary to write a suicide note that said:
"Here in the last hour, I yield to mercy when this could have turned out bad. Jehova found a path to my heart, that love would conquer anger. The monster within me was getting stronger and while I could not save myself I could spare others. (name redacted) I love you so much. Peace is within sight. I ask that authorities handle my disposal. -Carnell Marcus Moore"
"Carnell made a decision that he was not going to harm anyone else," Waters said.
On Thursday, Moore packed a suitcase with a Bible from the hotel, his AR-15 rifle, some ammunition and the suicide note. He drove to the airport where he parked in the North Terminal B parking lot at 12:02 p.m.
He walked into the baggage area with the suitcase at 12:18 p.m. and went upstairs. Moore sat near the United ticket counter for nearly an hour.
"At 1:30 p.m. is when he draws a weapon, fires two times into the air, the weapon that he shoots is a Glock 40-caliber model 23, semi-automatic pistol," said HPD Sgt. Brian Harris.
The first two shots hit the terminal’s ceiling. Moore fired the third shot at his head, taking his own life. A Homeland Security agent shot the suspect at the same time, hitting him in the shoulder.
In a review of Moore’s activities leading up to the shooting, investigators found that Moore never breached airport security.
Moore's brother told investigators that he had "some mental health issues."
Family members told investigators that Moore, who went by his middle name Marcus, was a "private person" and very "secretive." They also said he was smart and "always thinking."
Investigators said they were looking to see how Moore obtained his weapons. They said packaging for the guns, which were purchased in 2012, was found at his home in Beaumont. They also recovered computers at his home and at Hotel Derek.
"We have a couple of laptops out of the hotel room that he destroyed, or attempted to destroy—the hard drives are intact," Waters said. "So once we have been able to analyze all of that information, hopefully we’ll have a little bit more information as to his mindset."