University of Texas Shooting: Photos

(University of Texas shooter slideshow updated with images and information about the 1966 University of Texas shooter Charles Whitman.)NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A gunman who opened fire in the Perry-Casteneda Library at the University of Texas is now dead.

The shooting called to mind the 1966 shooting rampage of Charles Joseph Whitman, who killed 14 people and wounded 32 others shooting from the observation deck of the university's tower.

Here, an armored police vehicle drives up to the library on the Austin campus where the shooting took place around 8:30 this morning. Officials said the man, armed with an AK-47, was seen wearing a ski mask and a business suit.

Police have confirmed that the shooter is dead on the sixth floor of the Perry-Casteneda Library as a result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No other injuries have been reported. Officials have not released the name of the suspect.


Police officers continue to patrol the University of Texas campus in search of a possible second suspect.

In the moments following the first shots, students rushed to take cover and contacted friends and relatives. A student who attends UT said she was walking back from class this morning when she heard teachers yelling at people to get inside. The student was among a group 50 to 100 students, faculty and staff that were herded into the Flawn Academic Center and then to a second-floor computer lab without windows, where they waited for word that it was safe to come out.

The word among students at the time was that the gunman was in the library and had shot 27 people, including himself.


Mixed reports from eye witnesses led officials to search for a possible second gunman. The second suspect was described as wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black beanie, as well as armed with a rifle.

Soldiers were searching the University of Texas campus to make sure no explosives were planted.

SWAT officers as well as dogs trained to sniff explosives were called to the scene to assist with the search. Officials wanted to eliminate any possibility of a second suspect but have since called off the search, stating that the student acted alone.


Austin police officers stand at the intersection of 21st and Speedway, in front of the Perry-Castañeda Library, where the gunman opened fire.

Officials have evacuated the Austin campus. The University has posted a statement on its Web site urging students and locals to stay away from the area.

"The university is closed," the statement says. "All organized classes for today, Sept. 28, are canceled. If you are off campus, stay away. If you are on campus, lock doors, do not leave your building."


Crime scene barrier tape is seen on the University of Texas campus in front of the clock tower, the site of another tragic day in the university's history. In 1966, a troubled student named Charles Whitman made his way to the tower's observation deck with a gun. His rampage killed killed 14 people and wounded 32 others.

As the UT Web site explains, the observation deck was remodeled and recently reopened to the public for the first time in almost 30 years.

The tower is located on the western side of the Austin campus. The deck is over 300 feet above the campus and offers an expansive view of the campus and the Austin area in all directions.


On Aug. 1, 1966, a student by the name of Charles Joseph Whitman went on a shooting rampage at the Austin campus of the University of Texas.

After killing his wife and mother at their homes, 25-year-old Whitman climbed to the observation deck on the 29th floor of the limestone tower. On his way to the deck he killed three people in the tower. Then, from the tower, he shot at passers-by, killing 10 and wounding 31. One victim died a week after the shooting from her gun wound.

Whitman, an ex-Marine, was eventually shot and killed by a police officer.

The only death that occurred in today's shooting at the University of Texas was the gunman, who apparently shot and killed himself.

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