Stop the cycle of shootings
Into this mix strode Charles Whitman. The 25-year-old climbed to the observation deck of the University of Texas Tower and began shooting indiscriminately with a rifle. When the 96-minute shooting spree was finished, 16 people lay dead and another 31 wounded. While the first shot from the tower was fired just before noon, the killing actually began earlier in the day when Whitman stabbed his wife to death in their Austin home, then went to his mother’s house and killed her.