AP WAS THERE: 1966 University of Texas clock tower shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: Before Virginia Tech and Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora and Orlando, there was the University of Texas tower shooting.

It was shortly before noon on a sweltering Monday morning, Aug. 1, 1966, when architectural engineering student and Marine-trained sniper Charles Whitman climbed to the observation deck of the 27-story clock tower in the heart of UT's flagship Austin campus, armed with rifles, pistols and a sawed-off shotgun.

  • Written by GARTH JONES, Associated Press

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  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

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  • Written by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

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  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press