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Charles Joseph WHITMAN

 
 

 

 

The shooting

 

 

 

 

 

The South Mall as seen from the University of Texas Tower was only one of the areas where Charles Whitman's 45 shooting victims fell, as he constantly changed positions on the observation deck.
(Austin Police Department Files)

 

 

Friends of Whitman recalled him marveling at the advantage a gunman would have shooting from the observation deck of the Texas Tower. He told a UT psychiatrist he was angry enough to do it. On his third visit to the Tower, Whitman came armed with four rifles and three handguns.
(Austin Police Department Files)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smoke rises from a sniper's gun as he fires from the tower of the University of Texas administration building on crowds below in this August 1, 1966, file photo. Until the carnage at Virginia Tech Monday, April 16, 2007, the 1966 sniping rampage by Charles Whitman from the Austin school's landmark 307-foot tower had remained the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. (AP Photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A victim of sniper Charles Whitman is placed into a waiting ambulance during the shooting spree at the University of Texas in Austin, Aug. 2, 1966. Until the carnage at Virginia Tech Monday, April 16, 2007, the Aug. 1, 1966, the sniper rampage by Charles Whitman from the Austin school's landmark 307-foot tower had remained the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. (AP Photo).

 

 

On his third visit to the University of Texas Tower, Charles Whitman came armed with three rifles, a shotgun and three handguns. He used a bolt-action Remington with a scope in the early minutes of the shooting, when he had the luxury of aiming, and an M-1 for rapid firing in a gunfight with those below. Whitman had sawed off the barrel and butt of a 12-gauge shotgun for the close-quarter fighting.
(Austin Police Department Files)

 

 

This Smith and Wesson .357-caliber magnum, one of the many guns Whitman brought with him to the Texas Tower, was found near Whitman's body on the observation deck after Austin Police officers shot and killed him. (Austin Police Department Files)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors to the Tower, which had been closed to the public for many years after the Whitman shootings, can still see the bullet scars from gunmen on the ground trying to keep Whitman pinned down.
(Austin Police Department Files)

 

 

Bullets pock marked the detailing on the Texas Tower. The shooting was so unlike anything that had happened before in Austin, police officers allowed citizens with their own rifles to assist them in the gunfight. (Austin Police Department Files)

 

 

Whitman's body.

 

 

Police carry away Whitman's body.

 

 

Whitman's body.

 

 

Whitman's body.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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