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Address:Temple, TX 76502, USA

Owner:Allison Shaw

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The Luby's shooting, also known as the Luby's massacre, was a mass shooting that took place on October 16, 1991, at a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, United States. The perpetrator, George The gunman, drove his pickup truck through the front window of the restaurant. He quickly shot and killed 23 people, and wounded 27 others. He had a brief shootout with police and refused their orders to surrender, fatally shooting himself.

On October 16, 1991, a 35-year-old gunman, an unemployed man who had been in the Merchant Marine, drove his blue 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck through the plate-glass front window of a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. He yelled, "All women of Killeen and Belton are vipers! This is what you've done to me and my family! This is what Bell County did to me... this is payback day!" He then opened fire on the patrons and staff with both a 9mm Glock 17 pistol and a 9mm Ruger P89 pistol. He stalked, shot, and killed 23 people, ten of them with single shots to the head, and wounded another 27. Approximately 140 people were in the restaurant at the time.

It was National Boss's Day, and the cafeteria was crowded. At first, bystanders thought the crash was an accident, but the gunman started shooting patrons almost immediately. The first victim was veterinarian Michael Griffith. Another patron, Tommy Vaughn, threw himself through a rear window, sustaining injuries, but he created an escape route for himself and others.

The gunman reloaded at least three times before police arrived and he had a brief shootout with them. Wounded, he retreated to the bathroom. The police repeatedly told the gunman to surrender, but he refused, saying he was going to kill more people. Minutes later, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.