October 16th Marks the 26th Anniversary of the Tragedy at Luby’s in Killeen
The Las Vegas Shooting at the beginning of the month hit close to home all over the country, but especially here in central Texas as October marks the annual reminder of the Luby's Massacre that took place in Killeen back in 1991.
It was October 16th, 1991 when Georges Hennard drove through the front window of Luby's restaurant and opened fire on the lunchtime crowd inside. In a matter of minutes, Hennard unloaded his semi-automatic pistols and shot 50 people. 22 people lost their lives.
After police wounded Hennard, he then shot himself and died at the scene. Authorities learned that Hennard had two fully loaded clips in his possession meaning he could have kept shooting for much longer had the police not injured him.
The Luby's shooting remained the worst shooting by an individual for many years until the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016. The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas now tops the list. A memorial to the victims now sits behind the Killeen Community Center.