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University of Texas Sniper 1966 The first mass random shooting in American history took place on August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas in Austin. Charles Whitman, an ex-marine, killed his wife and mother several hours before arriving at the campus. As a research assistant, Whitman had access to a loading area where he was able to unload his old service foot locker containing an arsenal of weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. From the observation deck of University Tower, Whitman killed 16 people and wounded dozens of others in a 96-minute spree. His constantly changing locations made it difficult for law enforcement officials to pinpoint Whitman and gun him down. Whitman was eventually wounded by police and then fatally shot at point-blank range. This is the report that aired on NBC News that night.
Tags: sniper  University  of  Texas  Charles  Whitman 
Added: 5th March 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-05 
Whitman's victims included a visiting physics professor, a peace corps recruiter, tourists, a high school student who had been taught by his wife, the fetus of a woman who was eight-months pregnant. Some of them were 500 yards away from the tower. One wounded man suffered kidney damage that affected his health for 35 years. When he died in 2001, the cause of his death was listed as 'homicide.'
Posted by: Classico on 2009-03-06 
This bad news is still haunting after all these years. I understand that it was discovered Whitman had a brain tumor and this may have caused him to commit these horrible acts.

A movie was made about it many years later. It indicated that Officer Martinez was not properly credited by the authorities for his courageous actions in stopping Whitman.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2009-03-06 
Didn't they make a movie about that?
Posted by: Old Fart on 2009-03-06 
Yes, Marty in 1975 Starring Kurt Russell, Ned Beatty, Pernell Roberts, some names you haven't heard in a while!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-03-07 
My favorite part of this story:

The police eventually worked their way to the tower and shot Whitman. While he was lying wounded, he was finsihed off by an officer who shot him at point-blank range. Nobody in 1966 saw that as violating Whitman's civil rights.
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