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U. of Texas student opens fire with assault rifle before killing himself

September 29, 2010

A student wearing a ski mask opened fire Tuesday with an assault rifle on the University of Texas campus in Austin before fleeing into a library and fatally shooting himself. No one else was hurt.

The shooting began near a fountain in front of the UT Tower — the site of one of the nation's deadliest shooting rampages more than four decades ago.

Authorities identified the gunman as 19-year-old Colton Tooley, a second-year math major.

Before reaching the library, the gunman apparently walked for several blocks wearing a mask and dark clothing and carrying an automatic weapon, witnesses said.

The police chief said he believes the gunman ran into the library as officers closed in on him, then shot himself in the head on the sixth floor. Police did not fire any shots

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