Charles Andrew Whitman, known as the Texas Tower Sniper was a former Marine and spree killer. On August 1, 1966, he climbed a tower at the University of Texas in Austin with 7 guns and killed 17 people before being shot dead by a police officer.

Earlier he stabbed and shot his wife and mother to death, then killed two people and wounded others as he ascended the tower of the University with a shotgun. The rest of his victims were killed or wounded with a sniper rifle.

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