On the morning of September 28, sophomore math major Colton Tooley donned a mask, grabbed an AK-47, and began a shooting spree on the University of Texas campus.
Shootings, Suicide on College Campus
On the morning of September 28, sophomore math major Colton Tooley donned a mask, grabbed an AK-47, and began a shooting spree on the University of Texas campus. The shooting ended when officers found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to college officials, Tooley had not sought out counseling nor was he on their radar for behavioral concerns. Reports are that he was quiet and kept to himself, and that he had a passion about gun control policy. Friends and family didn’t suspect depression or violent/suicidal tendencies.
Although initial reports caused much fright and a campus lockdown, further investigation suggests that Tooley wasn’t aiming at others. In fact, there are conjectures that this is more of a suicide story than a school shooting/violence episode. The police are currently investigating possible motives and are keeping information confidential.
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