What can we learn about Colton Tooley, the Austin shooter who went on a shooting spree at the University of Texas (UT) Tuesday? When news came of the Texas shooting, it brought back memories of Charles Whitman’s shooting rampage on the same UT campus in Austin 44 years ago.
Read more about eerie 1966 shooting facts with Charles Whitman
More About Colton Tooley’s Background
Colton Tooley was a 19-year-old sophomore in a math major at Austin’s UT at the College of Natural Sciences, according to the university’s directory. He appears to have lived with his mother Idalia Tooley, who ran daycare inside their home and lists Colton as her only son on her Facebook page.
About Colton Tooley’s High School Years
Tooley also attended Crockett High School in Austin. The Daily Texan had Principal Craig Shapiro’s statement regarding Tooley’s actions:
“All of us in the Crockett High School community are shocked and saddened by today’s tragedy at the University of Texas. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Colton Tooley.
Colton, a 2009 Crockett graduate, was an excellent student, who excelled in every subject, and was ranked 7th in his class. His teachers recall him with words such as “brilliant,” “meticulous,” and “respectful.”
Crockett High School will have additional counselors on campus, beginning Wednesday, to assist students and staff who request their services.”
Former Classmates Talk About Colton Tooley
A former classmate, Rachel Platis, recalls high school with Colton Tooley.
“He was a quiet boy,” Platis said in the Daily Texan. “He was always so respectful and sweet.”
Devon Sepeta, mathematics senior said Colton Tooley wasn’t the most popular student in high school, but no one he knew of gave him any trouble.
It’s unclear why Colton Tooley went to UT toting a gun and began shooting before killing himself. His former classmates never would have imagined he would have been the shooter that at UT on Tuesday.
Colton Tooley lived in southern Austin, about 10 minutes from the Texas university.
The burning question for many of this UT shooting is, why? What was his motive all about?
Sources: Huffington Post
The Daily Texan