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The Neal Spelce Collection, No. 5 - UT Tower Shooting
Neal Spelce
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  • Highlights
    Students and passersby run and take cover from the sniper
    Charles Whitman shoots from the observation deck of the University of Texas Main Building
    Brehan Ellison, a Vietnam War veteran, discusses his attempts to rescue wounded individuals
    Ellison and others attempt to move those lying on the South Mall to safety
    Paramedics rush inside the building to rescue those in need of medical attention
  • Transcript
    CW: Maybe empty carbon shells. Ricocheting bullets bouncing off the top of the tower. Pieces of the tower falling down. And the battle goes on. There must have been a hit that last time, we hear people outside our building, in an area where we can't now look safely saying "Let's help that boy!" "Does he need help?!" "Someone must be down!"
    CW: One of those who was out of breath now after running out onto the mall, rescuing those who had been shot is Brehan Ellison of Austin who's been in Vietnam and been back for two years. Brehan, how many have you gone out to rescue? [Gunshots heard in the background]
    BE: Today, two.
    CW: What did you have to do?
    BE: Run hard and keep low.
    CW: Did you have any trouble getting them up or did any shots come close to you while you were out there?
    BE: No shots came close to me just the last one, he was dead, dead weight. He was a little hard to pick up…too limp…not like the ones knocked out.
    CW: How many have you seen that are dead today?
    BE: Just one, I helped nine more.