University of Texas tower shooting

Mass shooting

The University of Texas tower shooting was a major school shooting. It happened on August 1, 1966.[1] It took place in Austin, Texas at University of Texas at Austin.

University of Texas Tower Shooting
The Tower, University of Texas at Austin (ca 1980).jpg
Main building of the University of Texas
LocationUniversity of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, U.S.
DateAugust 1, 1966 (1966-08-01)
Stabbing: c. 12:15 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Shooting: 11:48 a.m. – 1:24 p.m. (UTC-06:00)
Attack type
School shooting, mass shooting, familicide, matricide, uxoricide, mass murder, stabbing
Deaths18 (including Whitman and an unborn child)
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorCharles Whitman

Sixteen people were killed in the incident. A 17th victim succumbed to his injuries in 2001.

Charles Whitman was the mass murderer at the scene of the crime. It has been suggested that Whitman's violent impulses, with which he struggled for years, were caused by a tumor on his brain.[2] Whitman had also killed his wife and mother.

After the shootings, the observation deck was closed. The many bullet holes were repaired. The tower was closed again in 1975 after four suicides. It reopened in 1999 after security features were put up.


  1. "Students Recall Horror". Retrieved Oct 1, 2017.
  2. "Brain on Trial". Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved Oct 1, 2017.