, Allen Crum, a 40-year-old retired Air Force tail gunner, was a manager at the University Book Store Co-Op.  At Sears he purchased a Sears Model 60 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun before returning home. For 96 minutes he held the campus in a state of terror. Stewart was not shot but was injured in the commotion. "In the summer of 1966, America lost its innocence when two mass murders were committed. Street in Austin, Texas. Hernandez was shot in the leg around 11:45 am while delivering newspapers on his bicycle near the West Mall entrance. One final victim died from his injuries in 2001. 'Tower' Pays Tribute To A 1966 Campus Shooting That Was 'Pushed Aside' Fourteen people were killed by a sniper at the University of Texas on Aug. 1, 1966. Texas Tower shooting of 1966 The site of the Texas Tower shooting of 1966, showing the locations of the victims when they were shot. Three rifles, one shotgun … Entering the Main Building, Whitman found the elevator did not work. Ortega suffered a cut on the back of her head either from flying glass or a direct hit. His brother and uncle dragged him to safety. At 1:24 p.m., he … , Whitman then packed into his footlocker a Remington 700 6-mm bolt-action hunting rifle, a .35-caliber pump rifle, the M1 carbine, a 9-mm Luger pistol, a Galesi-Brescia .25-caliber pistol, a Smith & Wesson M19 .357 Magnum revolver, the shotgun, of which he had sawn off the barrel and buttstock, as well as more than 700 rounds of ammunition. Show More Show Less 2 of 36 An Aug. 2,1966 photo shows where killings took place at the University of Texas tower in Austin, Texas. Earlier in the day, Whitman had killed his wife and mother.  In a note he professed his love for both women, saying he had killed them to spare them future humiliation and—in the case of his mother—suffering. The older Whitman, a fervid gun lover, did, however, take great pride in the precocious expert marksmanship of his eldest son, who was taught from a very early age how to shoot. Mattson, Ehlke, and Herman were walking to lunch when a bullet blew off part of Mattson's wrist. Smoke rising from sniper Charles Joseph Whitman's gun as he fires from the clock tower of the University of Texas at Austin, August 1, 1966. What set the Texas Tower shooting apart was the instantaneousness of its coverage on radio and television by reporters on the scene who described the events as they happened. Learning the boy had been shot, and hearing more shots, Crum rerouted street traffic out of harm's way. He spent more than two decades in the Air Force and retired as a tail gunner months before Whitman’s rampage. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. In Chicago Richard Speck murdered eight student nurses, and 19 days later, on August 1, Charles Whitman gunned down people from the tower at the University of Texas at Austin, killing 16 and wounding 31. Ring in the new year with a Britannica Membership. The 11,700 pound granite stone is the new UT Tower shooting memorial. Exiting the elevator on the 27th floor, he hauled the dolly and equipment up a flight of stairs to a hallway, from which another flight led to the rooms skirted by the observation deck. Charles Joseph Whitman (the inclusion of his middle name in much of the reporting from the period echoed earlier references to John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and presaged references to later high-profile killers) grew up in Lake Worth, Florida, as the eldest of three sons of an overbearing plumbing contractor father and a devout Roman Catholic mother. But when a shooter took aim at the University of Texas of Austin campus from the top of the UT tower on August 1, 1966, no one had any reference point for such an attack. Poor grades resulted in Whitman’s recall to active duty as an enlisted man in February 1963. :38, Martinez, Crum, and Day searched the 27th floor, where they found M. J. Gabour; Day removed him. , Some mistook the sound of shots for the noise from a nearby construction site, or thought that persons falling to the ground were part of a theater group or an anti-war protest. About 11:55 am Gunby was returning to the library for a forgotten book when a shot passed through his upper left arm and entered his abdomen, severing his small intestine. Officer Houston McCoy, 26, heard of the shooting on his radio. He then climbed to the 28th floor of the UT tower, killing three people within the tower, and opened fire from the observation deck with a hunting rifle and other weapons. The sniper inflicted 15 fatal wounds and injured more than 30 people before Austin police officers Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy reached the observation deck and put a stop to the attack. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. M.J. Gabour, his wife Mary Frances Gabour, and their sons Mike and Mark were in Austin visiting M.J.'s sister Marguerite Lamport and her husband William Lamport .  Eventually James Love, John "Artly" Fox and others left their protected location (while Whitman was still shooting) and carried Wilson to safety and also retrieved Eckman's body. Allen was looking at the tower through a window of the Student Union when a bullet struck the window, followed by a second shot which severed an artery in his right forearm. Discharged from the Marines in December 1964, he returned to the University of Texas in 1965, this time to study architectural engineering. Omissions? The act of reclaiming her history would come afterward in fits and starts, beginning one summer night in 2001, when Claire sat at her computer and used a search engine for the very first time, carefully typing out the words “UT Tower Shooting.” , Officers attempting to reach the tower were forced to move slowly and take cover often, but a small group of officers including Houston McCoy began making their way to the tower via underground maintenance tunnels. [L]:176, Around noon, Officer Ramiro "Ray" Martinez was off duty at home when he heard about the attack on the news. Foster and Frede were wounded in the crossfire between Whitman and those shooting from the ground.  The tower's clock was stopped for 24 hours beginning at 11:48 a.m. On the day of the UT Tower shooting– August 1, 1966– I was employed at St. David's Hospital, located at 900 East 32nd. , Wilson was the first person Whitman shot from the tower. Texas Tower shooting of 1966, also called University of Texas clock tower shooting, mass shooting in Austin, Texas, on August 1, 1966, in which Charles Whitman, a student and ex-Marine, fired down from the clock tower on the campus of the University of Texas, killing 14 people and wounding 31 others (one of whom died years later from complications related to his wounds). https://www.britannica.com/event/Texas-Tower-shooting-of-1966, Texas State Historical Association - Handbook of Texas Online - University of Texas Tower Shooting (1996). Inside the tower, he accompanied Department of Public Safety Agent Dub Cowan and Austin Police Officer Jerry Day up the elevator; Cowan provided Crum with a rifle. Over the next 96 minutes he shot and killed 14 people (including an unborn child) and injured 31 others. [L]:124, 214-5, Martinez and McCoy were awarded Medals of Valor by the city of Austin. At the time, the attack was the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history, being surpassed 18 years later by the San Ysidro McDonald's massacre. Although there is no universally agreed upon definition of mass murder, it is distinguished from serial murder by its several victims being killed at the same time and place, whereas serial murder involves the unlawful homicide of at least two victims carried out in a series over a period of time. The various bullet holes were repaired and the tower was reopened in 1968. A shot struck Avelino's left arm near the shoulder, shattering the bone. Officer McCoy has since died. The former Marine sharpshooter took 15 lives during that attack and left many others gravely wounded. , Whitman killed his mother, Margaret Whitman, and his wife, Kathleen Leissner Whitman,:53 between midnight and 3:00 a.m. on August 1. :29 The UT tower shooting along with the Watts riots of the previous year produced a national consciousness about the need for new specialized training and resources for responding to violent events. Huffman was shot next, in the arm, and fell to the ground feigning death. In the immediate aftermath, Martinez was nearly shot himself by those on the ground, who did not yet realize that Whitman was dead. He also packed food, coffee, vitamins, Dexedrine, Excedrin, earplugs, jugs of water, matches, lighter fluid, rope, binoculars, a machete, three knives, a transistor radio, toilet paper, a razor, and a bottle of deodorant. The day was declared by the City of Austin as "Ramiro Martinez Day". [L]:126 There he encountered receptionist Edna Townsley. After shots are fired, there would be an influx of 9-1-1 calls. :38 Patrolman Billy Speed, one of the first officers to arrive, took refuge with a colleague behind a columned stone wall. Ambulances from local funeral homes and an armored car were used to reach the wounded.. Mike Gabour gestured to the observation deck, saying: "He's out there.":39. The UT Tower Shooting Aug. 1, 1966 is a day that many will never forget. Updates? On August 1, 1966, after stabbing his mother and his wife to death the night before, Charles Whitman, a former Marine, took rifles and other weapons to the observation deck atop the Main Building tower at the University of Texas at Austin, then opened fire indiscriminately on people on the surrounding campus and streets. He assumed he would find a team of officers there, but when he reached the 27th floor, he found only Cowan, Crum, and Day. Wilson was shot in the chest on Guadalupe Street. In the end, Whitman killed 17 people and injured dozens more. In perfect view of the tower above. Jeff Wallenfeldt, manager of Geography and History, has worked as an editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica since 1992. Gage says the circumstances of the shooting were unique: “Somebody from an elevated position, a tactical advantage on a tower, shooting innocent folks below him at a university campus.” Should a mass shooting happen in Austin today, Gage says it would unfold like it did in 1966. Martinez started up the stairs to the observation deck, and Crum insisted on covering him, asking Martinez to deputize him first. After leaving her husband, Whitman’s mother moved to Austin in spring 1966 to be near Whitman. Passerby Rita Starpattern lay next to Wilson, and for an hour comforted her and kept her conscious. Whitman’s father, a perfectionist, apparently was never satisfied with his son’s accomplishments, no matter how impressive, including early mastery of the piano and becoming one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in Boy Scout history. [L]:289 After a stainless steel lattice and other security features were installed, it was again reopened in 1999, but only to by-appointment guided tours, and all visitors are screened by metal detectors. Four men who were at the UT Tower shooting met with the news media in Austin on August 2, 1966. To hear directly from Dr. Bush on the UT tower shooting, check out the following video (starting at 20 minutes 08 seconds). A police sharpshooter in a small plane was driven back by Whitman's return fire but continued to circle at a distance, seeking to distract Whitman and further limit his freedom to choose targets. He never did. The University of Texas Tower Shooting, one of the worst mass murders in American history, took place on August 1, 1966, on and around the University of Texas at Austin (UT) campus when Charles J. Whitman, an enrolled student, took control of the observation deck of the iconic Tower and fired various weapons onto the campus and its surrounding business district. His death was officially ruled a homicide. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Please select which sections you would like to print: While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies. Across the nation, police departments reviewed their preparedness, training, and capabilities to effectively respond to such situations. Having visited several university doctors in 1965 and been prescribed a variety of medications, in March 1966 Whitman expressed his concern during a visit to a psychiatrist at the university health center. This event was the most violent university shooting until … Harvey and Evganides were leaving the tower for lunch when they heard shots. He then drove to a hardware store, where he purchased a .30 caliber Universal M1 carbine, two additional ammunition magazines, and eight boxes of ammunition, telling the cashier he planned to hunt wild hogs. An employee named Vera Palmer activated it for him; Whitman thanked Palmer, stating, "Thank you ma'am", before repeatedly saying: "You don't know how happy that makes me.":32. They returned inside, where a guard told them it was safe to leave again. TOWER, a documentary mixing animation and live-action, is the story of America's first mass school shooting, at the University of Texas, Austin, 1966. The Littlefields, married nine days, were leaving the tower when Brenda was shot in the hip; Adrian was struck in the back as he bent over her. Many sources identify the Texas Tower shooting as the first mass murder in American history, but some academics and researchers have argued that dozens of such shootings took place in the United States between the beginning of the 20th century and Whitman’s rampage. As Mike and Mark squeezed past, Whitman came forward and fired his shotgun, hitting Mike in the shoulder and Mark in the head, then fired down the stairs, striking Marguerite and Mary Frances.  Whitman then shot Townsley in the head before exiting to the observation deck. :31 Whitman wheeled his equipment toward the Main Building of the University. ", https://www.anyoldkindofday.com/index.php/Sniper, https://www.jenniferjolley.com/the-eyes-of-the-world, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, The William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=University_of_Texas_tower_shooting&oldid=1000031356, University and college shootings in the United States, Violence against women in the United States, Articles with trivia sections from September 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Perpetrator's mother and wife, students at the University of Texas, 18 (16 at the school, including Whitman, an unborn child and Gunby who died in 2001), Whitman knocked Townsley to the floor and split the back of her skull with his rifle butt, then struck her above the left eye before dragging her behind a couch. He told Crum to remain at the door. M.J. and William, farther down the stairs, were not hit and went for help at Mike's urging. :28, At approximately 11:25 a.m.,:31 Whitman reached the University of Texas at Austin, where he showed false research assistant identification to obtain a parking permit. In 1966, on a hot Texas summer afternoon, ex-Marine sharpshooter Charles Whitman, 25, boarded an elevator in the University of Texas Tower with a cache of weapons, intent on deadly mayhem. After some time all three were rescued by an armored car which had been pressed into service to reach the injured. The UT tower shooting was the first mass shooting at an American college campus. Tower shooting 07:34. Please refer to the appropriate style manual or other sources if you have any questions. In August 2014, McAlister — along with Claire Wilson James, Forrest Preece, James Bryce, Artly Snuff, Cyndi Taylor Krier, Clif Drummond and Hannah Whisenant — formed the Tower Memorial Enhancement Group. 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As Eckman went to her aid he was shot in the chest and died instantly. Whitman, firing from the 28th-story observation deck of the UT tower, shot more than 40 people in 93 minutes. The majority of the clips on this silent reel were filmed by Gordon Wilkison and Neal Spelce during the UT Tower shooting on August 1, 1966. Heard, a press reporter and veteran Marine, was shot in the arm.  In 1961 Whitman was admitted to the University of Texas at Austin on a scholarship from the Naval Enlisted Science Education Program. He later recalled, "I laid there for about forty to forty-five minutes. Della and Marina Martinez, visiting from Monterrey, Mexico, were both wounded by bullet fragments. The incident was one of the worst mass murders in a public area in the history of the United States and the first to unfold “live” in the era of mass media. The victims included UT students, faculty and Austin pedestrians across the … Hohman was using his business' ambulance to take victims to the hospital when he was shot in his right leg at the corner of 23rd and Guadalupe. At approximately 11:35 a.m., Whitman arrived on the University of Texas at Austin campus. , In the months prior to the attack, Whitman had sought professional help for "overwhelming, violent impulses", including fantasies about shooting people from the tower. Karr was hit in the spine while coming to Griffith's aid; he died approximately one hour later. After qualifying as a sharpshooter in boot camp, he served an 18-month stint at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba, where he earned an appointment to officer training school in Bainbridge, Maryland. AUSTIN, Texas – June 30, 2016 – In observance of the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas Tower shooting, “Texas Standard,” the national daily news… Texas You Can Buy One of the Rifles Used in UT-Austin's Mass Shooting Online At the time, UT did nothing to acknowledge the horrors of that day. :31 He put khaki coveralls on over his shirt and jeans. As he looked for a way into the tower, a student offered to help, saying he had a rifle at home. Just weeks before the event in Austin, Richard Speck killed eight female nursing students in a Chicago town house. Corrections? , During surgery it was discovered that Gunby had only one functioning kidney to begin with, which had now been severely damaged; he was in great pain for the rest of his life. Secretary. The UT Tower Shooting On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower with three rifles, two pistols, and a sawed-off shotgun. In 2001, he died one week after discontinuing dialysis. At 11:48 a.m. Whitman began shooting from the observation deck 231 feet (70 m) above the ground, Boyer, the third person shot from the tower, was struck in the lower back. While observing that for decades definitions of mass murder differed in the number of victims required (varying from 2 to 10), a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2008 noted that mass murder was generally described as four or more murders “occurring during the same incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders,” typically in a single location. Even before the 1966 UT tower shooting, the Hogg Foundation sought to broaden the conversation beyond “mental illness” in the clinical sense, using its stature to address larger questions of trauma, tragedy and injustice. Martinez grabbed McCoy's shotgun, ran to Whitman's prone body, and fired a direct shotgun blast into deceased Whitman's left arm. Footage includes graphic scenes of victims being rescued, pedestrians taking cover from sniper fire, the tower itself suffering damage from gun fire, and images of Charles Whitman's arsenal of weapons. People on a rooftop attempting to shoot at Whitman. The incident ended when a policeman and a civilian reached Whitman and shot him dead. 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Officers and several civilians provided suppressive fire from the ground with small weapons and hunting rifles, forcing Whitman to stay low and fire through storm drains at the foot of the observation deck's wall. There he distinguished himself enough to earn a military scholarship to study mechanical engineering at the University of Texas while still on active duty, matriculating in September 1961. , Later that morning, Whitman rented a hand truck and cashed $250 (equivalent to $2,000 in 2019) worth of bad checks at a bank. Martinez reached the observation deck first. Having called the police station, he was instructed to go to the campus and direct traffic. , In 2006, a Memorial Garden was dedicated to those who died or were otherwise affected. From left: Allen Crum, Austin police officer Ramiro Martinez, Houston McCoy, and Jerry Day. After 23 years, the University of … About 100 yards from the tower Harvey was shot in the hip; Evganides was struck in the left leg by the ricochet of the same shot. Soon after, Griffith was shot in the shoulder and chest and her right lung was pierced; she died seven days later.  A monument listing the names of the victims was added in 2016 on the shootings' fiftieth anniversary. Around 1:24 pm, while Whitman was looking south for the source of the rifle shot, Martinez and McCoy rounded the northeastern corner of the observation deck. Was it the hero of legend, or a second officer in the tower, who says that he fired the crucial shots? It was closed again in 1975 following four suicides. It has been suggested that Whitman's violent impulses, with which he had been struggling for several years, were caused by a tumor found in the white matter above his amygdala upon autopsy.  Among those who grasped the situation, many risked their lives to take the wounded to safety. About noon, Walchuk was leaving a magazine store on Guadalupe when he was shot in the chest. McCoy leaped out while Martinez was firing and saw Whitman's head looking over the light ballast, McCoy fired at the top of the ballast, hitting Whitman between the eyes with several pellets, killing Whitman instantly. An autopsy conducted after his death revealed a hypothalamic tumor. At 12:08 pm Speed was with another officer and others behind decorative balusters on the South Mall when he was shot through a gap in the masonry. On August 1, 1966, a twenty-five year old University of Texas student named Charles Whitman went up to the observation deck of the UT tower armed with guns, ammunition, and canned food.  Once there, he found other officers already doing that, so he went to the tower. Students. Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. , In 2008, the following names of persons who helped stop Whitman were added to a plaque on an Austin police precinct building:, In 2014, Claire Wilson's stillborn son received a tombstone in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery, after his grave was rediscovered by Gary Lavergne. The University of Texas Austin campus during and after the Charles Whitman UT Tower shooting on Aug. 1, 1966. , Charles Whitman, 25, was studying architectural engineering. She and Eckman were leaving the Student Union when Wilson, eight months pregnant, was shot in the abdomen at 11:47 am; her baby was killed. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Whitman killed 14 people that day and wounded more than 30.  Director Keith Maitland tells the story using animation spliced with news photographs and footage, radio clips and testimonials provided chiefly by eight survivors. Whitman struggled with gambling and bad grades, and he lost his scholarship in 1963. Around 11:45 am they were climbing the stairs from the 27th floor when they encountered the desk Whitman had placed in the entrance to the reception area. Royvela and Garcia, his girlfriend, were shot near Hogg Auditorium. I had just sat down to have my lunch in the hospital cafeteria which was located on the ground floor of the hospital. In Austin he met and married (August 1962) another student, Kathleen Leissner. Anxious to get away from him, Whitman—who had a high IQ but a checkered academic record in high school—chose as his escape route not college but the Marines, in which he enlisted in July 1959. According to a July 1989 report in the Orlando Sentinel, a Dallas-area collector, Wayne Buxton, was trying to sell the seven guns that Whitman used at the tower. Khashab, an exchange student from Iraq, and Paulos, his fiancée, were shot near Guadalupe and 24th St. Phillips believed she was out of range but was shot in the shoulder. Adorned with a single crucifix, it reads "Baby Boy Wilson / August 1, 1966"..  That day was August 1st, 1966. At over 500 yards, he was the victim farthest from the tower. • Peter Bogdanovich's 1968 film Targets features a character based on Whitman. Across the street he saw a 17-year-old newspaper boy being dragged and went to break up what he thought was a fight. Meanwhile, Whitman was suffering from feelings of rage, confusion, and violent impulses, which he documented exhaustively in writing. | Jacob Villanueva ‘A guy’s up there’ Crum was no ordinary citizen. Snowden, believing himself out of range, was struck in the shoulder while standing in a barbershop doorway. [L]:19 While at UT, Whitman met and married his wife, Kathleen. Allen Crum was working at the University Co-Op when Charles Whitman began shooting from the UT Tower hundreds of feet away.  Unable to make his way back to the store safely, he then made his way to the tower, where he offered to help the police.  Wilson remained hospitalized for three months. He also complained of headaches (an autopsy would reveal that he had a brain tumour about the size of pecan). McCoy and Day reached the observation deck a few minutes later. This page was last edited on 13 January 2021, at 05:06. Whitman, like his mother (who was physically abused by her husband), suffered greatly under his domineering, explosive father. As. " Martinez jumped out and fired in the direction of Whitman, missing with all of his revolver shots. A man perched atop the University of Texas Clock Tower began firing on the … [L]:135, Mike Gabour's injuries left him unable to complete his Air Force training, and Mary Frances was left paralyzed from the neck down and legally blind. The UT tower shooting lasted for approximately 96 terrifying minutes. It’s the day Charles Whitman, after killing his mother and wife, took to The University of Texas Tower and gunned down 14 people. :32 At a gun shop he purchased four more carbine magazines, six additional boxes of ammunition, and a can of gun cleaning solvent. McCoy, one of the Austin police officers who killed University of Texas Tower sniper Charles Whitman on Aug. 1 1966, was being interviewed on … At some point, Crum accidentally fired his rifle. One victim recalled that as she lay bleeding a passerby reprimanded her and told her to "Get up. Rutt and her boyfriend Sonntag had just run into Wheeler, a friend, when they heard shots. , Following the shootings, the tower observation deck was closed. 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