Incident Detail

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

Incident Details

Incident
Luby's Cafeteria
Municipality
Killeen
State
Texas – TX
Zip Code
76541
Region
South
Division
West South Central
Incident Date
October 16, 1991
Venue Type
Restaurant
Killed
23
Injured
27

Incident Ranking Data

Preventable Factors/Rankings
95 1621804121 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)3 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
    3
    Preventable Status
    Largely Unpreventable

    Incident Preventable Factors Details

    Preventable Factor Details

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

    Takeaway: —Armed personnel, good guys with guns, need to be in every venue.

    Incident Preventable Factor:

    —Venue Lacks Armed Individuals/Personnel – Venue Lacks Armed Individuals (Civilians)/Personnel (Military/Police/Security): It’s interesting to note that a civilian in the establishment did have a gun—in her vehicle. Suzanna Hupp, who was at the mass shooting (both of her parents were killed by the perpetrator) later testified that she would have liked to have had her .38 revolver, but said, “It was a hundred feet away in my car.”  She had feared that if she was caught carrying it she might lose her chiropractor’s license. Hupp testified across the country in support of concealed handgun laws (and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996.) 1 It should be noted that a Texas law, SB 60, allowing civilians with licenses to carry concealed weapons was enacted in 1995. 2  Most recently (May 2021), Texas House Bill 1927 would nix the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. 3 Editor’s Note: Numerous reports include accounts of the perpetrator’s expressed hatred of women. 4 While we don’t dispute that, it’s inconsequential for the purposes of this Preventable Mass Shootings Database.  Meaning it’s not measurable, trackable, or unlawful. When it comes to identifying the elements that potentially make mass shootings preventable, hanging our hats on such a trait is unwise.

    Sources:

    1. None. Last Edited on May 20, 2021. “Luby’s Shooting”. Wikipedia. Retereived June 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luby%27s_shooting. 2. Arnold, Larry. None. “The History of Concealed Carry, 1976-2011”. TxHGA. Retereived May 26, 2021, from https://txhga.org/texas-ltc-information/a-history-of-concealed-carry/. 3. Sparber, Sami. May 12, 2021. Updated May 13, 2021. “After Texas House Rejects Senate Changes, Bill Allowing Permitless Carrying of Handguns Will Get Hashed Out Behind Closed Doors”. The Texas Tribune. Retereived May 26, 2021, from https://www.texastribune.org/2021/05/12/texas-constitutional-carry-handguns-legislation/. 4. None. Last Edited on May 20, 2021. “Luby’s Shooting”. Wikipedia. Retereived June 26, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luby%27s_shooting.

    Incident Fluidity

    Criminal Case Pending?
    Civil Litigation Pending?

    Incident Administrative Information

    Credible Source Inquires?
    4
    Are Credible Source Inquires Inline Endnotes?
    Assessment Status?
    Complete
    Editorial Board Approval?
    no

    Incident Record Information

    Record ID
    7
    Private ID
    1IBZATQ
    Date Recorded
    2021-05-21 17:59:09
    Date Updated
    2021-09-22 19:20:00
    Last Accessed