Colton Tooley is the named shooter who fired shots at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin Tuesday morning. He was a UT student who fired several shots outside before entering the campus library on the university’s sixth floor, firing more shots. He soon killed himself in the process. It was discovered the UT shooter was Colton Tooley, who was a sophomore in a math major, according to ABC News.
Colton Tooley Was a Sophomore in Math Major
Colton Tooley was a 19-year-old UT student who majored in math. His emphasis was on actuarial sciences, according to the university’s directory. He lived 10 minutes from Austin’s UT, on the south side of Austin. Calls were reportedly made to that address, but a voice machine confirmed it was Tooley’s residence.
Shooting Spree Put Austin’s UT on Lockdown
At around 8:00 a.m. central time, Tooley wore a mask, a dark suit and carried an AK-47 rifle before embarking on a shooting spree, firing a series of rounds. Police later thought there may have been a second suspect with another rifle, but the lockdown was lifted at noon when it was confirmed no one else was involved.
The University of Texas dismissed classes for the day as bomb sniffing dogs and SWAT teams combed the area for potential explosives and an additional suspect.
No motive has been determined as to why the UT student went on a shooting rampage on the Texas campus. It’s certainly reminiscent of another shooting that happened on the very same campus 44 years ago when Charles Whitman made his way to the observation deck Tower and began firing for 96 minutes straight, killing 14 and injuring 32 others.
Learn eerie details of 1966 UT shooting of Charles Whitman here
What were the possible motives for Colton Tooley walking on campus and firing guns shot in mid air? Fortunately no one was reported injured, but the event is spooky just the same as that hot August day in 1966 with Charles Whitman. He was also a UT student and had a brutal upbringing.
What Colton Tooley’s story is, remains a mystery.
Source: ABC News