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Pilot believed to have targeted IRS in crash

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Law enforcement officials say the small plane that slammed into a building in Austin, Texas, today was piloted by a software engineer angry with the IRS -- who apparently set his home on fire before crashing his plane.

The pilot, who is presumed dead, was identified by one U.S. law official as Joseph Stack. The official says a Web site linked to him outlines problems with the IRS and says violence "is the only answer."

About 190 IRS employees work in the building, which caught fire when the plane hit it today.

At least one person who works in the building is unaccounted for and two people were taken to the hospital.

Earlier, about five miles from the crash site, Stack's home was heavily damaged by a fire that law enforcement officials suspect he set. A neighbor says a woman and her teenage daughter arrived at the house and were "very, very distraught" to find their home burning.

According to California Secretary of State records, Stack had a troubled business history, twice starting software companies in California that ultimately were suspended by the state's Franchise Tax Board.

Governor Rick Perry, speaking at the Lone Star Legislative Summit at SFA in Nacogdoches spoke about the plane crash.

"It's apparent that this was a lone act that has become criminal investigation," he said.

He commended the great job done by first responders.

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