AUSTIN - People who knew the University of Texas student who opened fire on campus -- hurting nobody -- then killing himself describe the 19-year-old student as a smart, courteous guy. Classes resume today at the Austin campus.
A motive is sought for yesterday's gunfire by sophomore math major Colton Tooley of Austin.
The Associated Press reports Tooley was known to be book smart and won raves from his high school teachers. He also was known as someone who kept his emotions in check. A man who emerged from Tooley's family home late Tuesday identified himself only as "Marcus" -- a relative. Marcus read a statement saying that Tooley's parents were distraught and: "They've lost their child." Marcus says Tooley was "a very smart guy, very intelligent, excellent student" who "wouldn't or couldn't hurt a fly."
The gunman's threatening demeanor on campus was far from what Tooley's teachers at Crockett High School in Austin recalled of the boy who graduated in 2009, ranked seventh in his class.