AUSTIN (LALATE) – Colton Tooley (photo of his home above) was the UT shooter today. Colton Tooley, 19, was identified by University of Texas officials as the man behind today’s shooting. Tooley, as previously reported on LALATE, was a UT student.
A news briefing by UT officials late today confirmed Tooley is a from Austin. While initial reports said that his shooting began inside the Perry Castañeda Library, UT officials informed news otherwise late today. They say the shooting was started randomly, without motive, at the intersection of 21st and Speedway. A police chase erupted in which Tooley headed into PCL Library. As reported earlier, Tooley eventually killed himself on the sixth floor.
Shortly after the shooting, police warned students of a second suspect, also a shooter, putting UT on lockdown. “A suspected shooter in PCL library is dead. Police are searching for possible second shooter. Lock doors, do not leave your building,” said the e-mail alert. Officials later updated those reports as false.
Meantime, local police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Western Drive where Tooley is said to have lived at home with his parents. Local reports say the street is a cul-de-sac and is currently roped off. The Statesman reports that a crime scene truck is in position.
Tooley was a student in UT’s College of Natural Science with a focus on actuarial sciences, reports the Statesman; other reports say he was a math student. During his shooting, Tooley used a AK-47 assault rifle. No students were injured. SWAT, University of Texas PD, and bomb sniffing dogs were deployed on campus during Tooley’s attack.
Local news have yet to update any possible findings by investigators at the Tooley residence. His family has yet to comment about the matter.