Incident Detail

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 9:47 PM by Editor

Incident Details

Incident
University of Texas Tower
Municipality
Austin
State
Texas – TX
Zip Code
78712
Region
South
Division
West South Central
Incident Date
August 1, 1966
Venue Type
School-College/University
Killed
15
Injured
31

Incident Ranking Data

Preventable Factors/Rankings
179 1623624451 Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent - Behavioral Red Flag Law(s) Nonexistent Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Behavior Personally Erratic/Deviated from Individual/Societal Norms Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Was in Directed and Overt Incident Preparatory Mode Behavioral Red Flags Ignored/Response Delayed - Perpetrator(s) Expressed Suicidal Ideation and/or Suicide by Police and/or Expressed Violent Intentions Privately and/or Publicly in Person and/or In Any Medium Commercial Establishment Failure - Commercial Establishment Failure Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Custodial Issues - Questionable Release/Remand of Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Questionable "Blue Paper" Rejections of Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Judicial System Failure - Questionable Search Warrant Rejection(s) for Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Law Enforcement Failure - Delayed Response or Inaction to Perpetrator(s) at Incident Scene Criminal Justice System Failures - Law Enforcement Failure - Delayed/Ignored/or No Follow-up to Telltale Perpetrator(s) Event(s) Preceding Incident Criminal Justice System Failures - Probation/Parole Failure - Failure to Pursue/Report Probation/Parole Violation(s) for Perpetrator(s) Criminal Justice System Failures - Prosecutorial Failure - Failure to Pursue Warranted Criminal Charges Against Perpetrator(s) and/or Failure to Petition the Court for a Red Flag Hearing Gun Laws Inadequate - Inadequate Gun Law(s) Contributed to Perpetrator(s) Execution of the Incident Gun Laws Inadequate - Inadequate Gun Law(s) Exacerbated the Incident Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Attested to Mental Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Charged With Mental Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Mental Health System Failures/Interventions Lacking - Incident Principals Identified With Metal Health System Failure for Perpetrator(s) Unnecessarily Accessible Perpetrator(s) Weapon(s) - Weapon(s) Was Unnecessarily Accessible to the Perpetrator Venue Lacked Armed Individuals/Personnel - Venue Lacked Armed Individuals (Civilians)/Personnel (Military/Police/Security) Venue Structural Security Lacking - Venue Had Limited Structural Security Venue Structural Security Lacking - Venue Structural Security was Nonexistent Venue Perimeter Security Lacking - Venue Had Limited Perimeter Security Venue Perimeter Security Lacking - Venue Perimeter Security was Nonexistent Vexatious Cascade of Events Beset Perpetrator(s) - Vexatious Cascade of Events Beset Perpetrator(s) Whatever System Failure - Whatever System Failure
    Blatant Ranking - Points Doubled
    0
    Preventable Rankings Score
    0
    Preventable Status
    Completely Unpreventable

    Incident Preventable Factors Details

    Preventable Factor Details

    Last Updated on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 @ 9:47 PM by Editor

    Takeaways: —(None.)

    Incident Preventable Factors:

    —(None.) Editor’s Note: Rarely do we find no preventative rankings but in this case that is the case. Nothing identifiable could have prevented this incident. Granted, the perpetrator did purchase a lot of guns, magazines, and ammunition on the morning of the incident. However, at the time (1966) tracking mechanisms for that probably didn’t exist, at least our research hasn’t been able to make that determination. 1 Likewise, in the months prior to the attack, the perpetrator had sought professional help for “overwhelming, violent impulses,” including fantasies about shooting people from the tower [presumably the University of Texas Tower (UT Tower)]. An autopsy conducted after his death revealed a hypothalamic tumor, which according to medical experts might have been the culprit. 2 Research doesn’t reveal the degree to which that might have been considered then, but clearly today, such a condition would not be be able to be considered by others due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Sources: 1. None. April 23, 2021. “University of Texas Tower Shooting”. Wikipedia. Retrieved May 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Texas_tower_shooting. 2. None. April 23, 2021. “University of Texas Tower Shooting”. Wikipedia. Retrieved May 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Texas_tower_shooting.

    Incident Fluidity

    Criminal Case Pending?
    Civil Litigation Pending?

    Incident Administrative Information

    Credible Source Inquires?
    2
    Are Credible Source Inquires Inline Endnotes?
    Assessment Status?
    Complete
    Editorial Board Approval?
    no

    Incident Record Information

    Record ID
    11
    Private ID
    QQ7C26G
    Date Recorded
    2021-05-26 17:04:21
    Date Updated
    2021-09-22 20:44:39
    Last Accessed