Texas – Austin – UT – shooter kills himself – Law professor shot but did’t appear to be a “target”

Final act of desperate attention?

Maybe.

Austin has conceal carry, but the campus is not.  I don’t think.

If there had been a conceal carry allowed on campus, then it may or may not have helped this situation.

This gunman was not targetting anyone, or so it seems.

However, in general, students and faculty should be allowed to lawfully carry.

This “gunman” was probably not a lawfully licensed individual anyway.

The “crooks” (real bad guys who want something and are willing to shoot you to get it) will carry weapons REGARDLESS of the LAW.  The only possibility that YOU maybe able to survive, IN an INSTANT, is if the GUNMAN hesitates or if there is someone there to defend you or you yourself are able to use deadly force.   Thats IT.  Thats the REALITY.  Otherwise we are fish in a fish tank.

Police on scene of shooting on UT campus:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 10:15 AM

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A gunman who fired several shots on the University of Texas campus in the Perry-Castaneda Library is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and police are looking for a possible second suspect, officials say.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed that the shooter is dead, but UT continues to be closed and locked down, and people are urged to stay out of the area. Classes are canceled for the day, officials said in an e-mail alert.

Officials say it appears there are no other injuries. UT spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said witnesses had reported that the man was armed with an automatic weapon.

“The shooter is dead on the sixth floor of Perry-Castaneda Library, said Don Hale, a UT spokesman. “No identification. Apparently took his own life.”

“We don’t have any report of anybody getting shot at this point,” Hale said. Officials at University Medical Center Brackenridge have said they have not received any patients.

“It’s not clear yet” if there is a second suspect, Hale said shortly after 9 a.m., adding that the university’s advice to stay indoors and keep doors locked remains in force.

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Police officials raised the possibility of a second gunman because they had received different descriptions of the gunman by witnesses.

It was unclear how many shots were fired, but witnesses described eight to 10 shots in short bursts.

There were numerous reports that the gunman was wearing a black ski mask.

KVUE talked to UT student Andrew McWaters who said he saw the shooter near Dobie Mall and heard four gunshots followed by two more. He said the gunman was wearing a black ski mask, smiling and waving the gun.

The area around 21st Street and Speedway is aswarm with law enforcement, SWAT vehicles, two heliopters circling overhead, officers from Austin Police, UT and the Department of Public Safety. A battering ram was also seen.

Hale said university officials at 8:23 a.m. alerted students, faculty members and staff members by text message, outdoor loudspeakers and an online posting to stay indoors.

“That seems to be working pretty well,” Hale said of that advice.

Meanwhile, 50 to 75 students ignored the lockdown, standing outside Jester Hall taking pictures with their cell phones or calling or texting their parents.

A second e-mail alert from UT officials said: “Armed subject last seen at Perry Casteneda Library and UTC. Shelter in place. UTPD responding.”

All organized classes for today are canceled, and the campus remains closed, an alert from UT officials said.

Emergency sirens began going off about 8:30 a.m.

Click here to read eye-witness accounts of the shooting

Alicia Dietrich, public affairs assistant with the Harry Ransom Center, which is down the street from the library, said she heard the shots as she was parking her bike.

“I didn’t even know for sure that it was gunshots,” Dietrich said at 8:47 a.m. “The sirens went off about five to 10 minutes ago. The building has been locked down and I don’t think they’re letting anybody in or out.”

Kevin Olsen, a graduate student at the University of Texas, said he was walking by the Dobie dorm about 8:15 a.m. when he heard about eight to 10 shots in short bursts. He said other people walking to class also heard shots and were looking around “kind of in awe.”

A UT facilities worker told KLBJ-AM that he heard at least 10 gunshots but saw nobody get hit.

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2010/09/28/police_on_scene_of_shooting_on.html?cxntfid=blogs_the_blotter

Shooting at UT Austin: Law Professor Shot at but Unharmed:

By ELIE MYSTAL

Breaking this morning, there’s been a shooting at the Perry-Castaneda Library on the University of Texas – Austin campus. The Houston Chronicle reports:

A man opened fire with an automatic weapon on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castaneda Library early Tuesday, UT police spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said.

“He subsequently shot himself. He is deceased,” she said, adding that no one else was injured.

Police and university officials urged students to stay indoors.

“A suspected shooter in PCL library is dead. Police are searching for possible second shooter. Lock doors, do not leave your building,” the alert said.

Based on a report we’ve received from students at the UT Law School, the potential second shooter might still be at large…

This is a developing story and we have updates below.

Students at UT Law report that Professor Randall Wilhite’s morning class was canceled after the professor reported that he had been shot at on his way to work.

i can just tell you that he came into class, said he was driving to campus, saw the shooter in a suit and a ski mask, and the shooter shot at his car he cancelled class

We don’t know if this was the same man who would late open fire in the library, or the second gunmen the police are searching for.

Obviously, Professor Wilhite was unavailable for immediate comment. But students in his class report that he was unharmed.

UPDATE: Professor Wilhite gave a statement to the Austin American Statesman:

“He ran right in front of my car, fired two or three shots south sort of generally in my direction but not at me,” Wilhite said. “They seemed to hit to my left sort of in the median. It didn’t look like he was targeting individuals. He was just sort of shooting into the ground.

“He was about 10 feet in front of me. I was very vulnerable had he wanted to shoot at me.”

Please stay safe, Texas students. Stay inside, lock the doors, and please listen to the police.

UPDATE: The Austin American Statesman is now reporting that, ironically, that John Lott — author of More Guns, Less Crime — planned to speak in front of the Federalist Society today.

UPDATE: Another account from a UT Law student:

I was in the car on the way to campus when I got the text message from the university telling us to stay away. The campus is on lockdown but all the reports have said that the shooter is on the other side of campus from us in the law school. The dead shooter was in the main undergrad library. However, the swat team is apparently going through campus with dogs looking for the second shooter.

Police: Man kills self after shooting at UT Austin [Houston Chronicle]
‘I was very vulnerable,’ one witness says [Austin American Statesman]

http://abovethelaw.com/2010/09/shooting-at-ut-austin-law-professor-shot-at-but-unharmed/

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One Response to Texas – Austin – UT – shooter kills himself – Law professor shot but did’t appear to be a “target”

  1. Delaney Van says:

    I am a resident of Austin and was affected by yestardays tragic incident. You mention students should still be allowed to carry weapons on campus. Before yestarday I would have agreed with you. I have a Concealed Handgun Liscense and I froze yestarday, if anyone had pulled a gun on this guy yestarday it would have only angered him and caused more fear. The situation would have been much worse. The perpetrator was carrying a military grade weapon, a machine gun. A handgun would have been no match, many more people may have died yestarday had someone fired a shot…not even police men fired at him.

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