Texas Cops ID Campus Shooter as Student, 19

Sophomore Colton Tooley killed himself
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2010 7:30 PM CDT
Texas Cops ID Campus Shooter as Student, 19
Police officers walk past the east side of the Perry-Castaneda Library on the University of Texas campus in Austin.   (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Erika Rich)

The gunman who killed himself with an AK-47 at the University of Texas today has been identified as a 19-year-old sophomore at the school. Colton Tooley was a smart kid who "showed no signs at all, whatsover," a family spokesman tells the Austin American-Statesman. “He wouldn’t or couldn’t hurt a fly. If he was depressed you would never know it because he would never express his emotions."

The math major, clad in black clothes and a ski mask, shot up the campus today before being chased by police into the university's main library, reports the Dallas Morning News. No one else was injured, and authorities say Tooley acted alone. The Austin police chief credited fellow students for their quick response to the attack, though it remains unclear what set Tooley off. "We don't have any motives at this time," said the campus police chief. (More campus shooting stories.)

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