The Texas tower sniper shootings were the deadliest campus killing spree until the Virginia Tech massacre. What is often forgotten is that along with the three Austin police officers who entered the tower that the sniper was operating from, was Allen Crum, the floor manager at the University Co-op, who helped clear the sidewalk, save a young boy, and then borrowing a rifle from a Texas Department of Public Safety officer, volunteered to go with them into the tower and helped the officers take the shooter down.
With more and more weapons aimed his way, though, Whitman ducked behind the four-foot wall encircling the deck and began firing through rain spouts cut in the walls, using them as gun ports.
More than 300 feet below, at the base of the tower, Martinez found a civilian named Allen Crum, a retired Air Force tail gunner who had never fired a shot in combat. Together they worked their way to the top of the tower with another Austin officer, Houston McCoy, following them.
Martinez carried his duty revolver, Crum had an old rifle, and McCoy toted a 12-gauge shotgun.
At the door to the observation deck, Martinez told Crum to cover him and point his gun toward the southwest corner.
“I said, ‘If the guy comes around the corner, shoot him,’ ” Martinez remembered. “Allen thought he heard him running, and he fired a shot.”
By then, Martinez had peeked around another corner, behind Whitman, and saw him crouching, looking for Crum.
“I saw him, but he didn’t see me,” Martinez said. “I opened fire and Houston McCoy was behind me with the shotgun. “I hit him probably on the shoulder. He was trying to shoot back at us, but we didn’t give him the chance.”
“I emptied my gun, and McCoy fired the shotgun. We engaged the sniper, and we killed him.”
In Israel, four years ago, when a Muslim terrorist armed with an Ak-47 entered the Mercaz HaRav religious school and began murdering students, he was shot by Yitzhak Dadon, a part-time student.
“We realized something happened so I cocked my handgun,” Yitzhak Dadon said. “I went up on the roof and waited for the terrorist. Meanwhile, I saw blood and shattered glass. The terrorist continued firing in the air, so I waited to see him again, and then I shot him twice in the head.”
When interviewed Dadon stated that it is imperative for every school to have “a military training course so that the students can defend themselves when necessary.” Dadon described an example of such training in helping prevent a massacre at another school where two terrorists were shot dead by the counselors.
An armed student at Jerusalem’s Mercaz Haray seminary played a crucial role in stopping a gun-wielding terrorist Thursday, but the American press is downplaying his heroism because it proves that armed students can stop campus gunmen, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Yitzhak Dadon, 40, was described as “a private citizen who had a gun license and was able to shoot the gunman with his pistol” by reporter Etgar Lefkovitz with the Jerusalem Post. However, many news agencies in the United States are downplaying Dadon’s decisive role in the incident.
“Yitzhak Dadon is a hero,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “and he is living proof that armed students have a place on college campuses.”
And indeed they do. Armed students save lives.