Revisiting the 2010 shooting


Austin police prepare to enter Calhoun Hall on the South Mall Tuesday morning after a gunman opened fire near the Littlefield fountain and later fatally shot himself on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library. Austin Police Department and SWAT officers suspected an additional gunman was in Calhoun Hall but quickly determined the shooter acted alone.

Photo Credit: Tamir Kalifa | Daily Texan Staff

Four years ago, at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 28, a 19-year old mathematics sophomore began firing an AK-47 near Littlefield Fountain. With the police and university officials soon in his pursuit, the student moved to the Perry-Castañeda Library until he eventually turned the gun on himself. Though the PCL shooting occurred before many of us came to campus, most know of the sad occasion. In its remembrance, the Forum page has dedicated some space for students and professors to reflect on the day’s happenings. 

At the same time, this Forum issue has left some space to discuss a current matter plaguing students in the hope that even in times of tragedy, we remember the importance of looking forward and finding purpose in the tiny details, and sometimes trivial matters, of day-to-day life. 

Malik is a Plan II, business honors and finance junior from Austin.