Dahlstrom and Austin police Chief Art Acevedo said the two departments and other law enforcement agencies had trained for such a scenario. It paid off, Dahlstrom said, and "probably prevented a much more tragic situation."
Let's review what happened:
1) Guy in a ski mask with a gun walks onto campus at UT Austin.
2) Guy fires into the air several times.
3) Guy commits suicide.
Police had what to do with that, again? Oh yeah, they may or may not have chased him into a crowded building. Good move there, guys!
Let's be real. Based on the facts as we now know them, this was either an elaborate suicide or Texas's most inept mass murderer ever. There is no evidence that Tooley ever actually shot at anyone. Except himself. If he had, there would have been injuries. You throw a cup of ice cubes at a crowd of people, and a few of 'em will get hit. You fire a gun into a crowd of people, and someone will get hit. Thus the whole "be aware of your target and what lies beyond it." If he'd wanted to shoot someone, he would have.
This meme that "the system worked" is a nice myth, but one that needs to be challenged. "Stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye" works for suicide. It won't work in an actual active shooter situation.