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Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen

Thirty years ago, on October 16, 1991, a Central Texas man killed nearly two dozen people and wounded dozens more at the Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen.

On October 16, 1991, unemployed merchant seaman George “Jo Jo” Hennard committed what was at the time the largest mass murder in U.S. history at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, when he shot to death 23 people and wounded 20 others before taking his own life 13 minutes after his rampage began.

The Luby’s massacre is still America’s third-largest mass shooting ever and the largest non-school mass shooting in American history.

Georges Hennard, 35, of Belton, drove his pickup truck through a plate glass window at the restaurant, got out and opened fire with a pair of semi-automatic pistols.

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George never smiled when he came in here. He just seemed like he had the world on his shoulders. He was a loner. He never talked.

But yesterday he seemed almost calm, even a little friendly, for the only time, I can remember. Usually, I was scared of him.

Police said that over the course of 14 minutes, Hennard shot 50 people, 22 of whom died at the scene and one of whom died later.

Copperas Cove resident Kirby Lack was shot

The shootout ended after a Killeen police officer shot and wounded Hennard, who then shot himself to death.

Lack said he and his friend Mike were grabbing lunch at the popular family restaurant. It was Lack’s first time eating there. During his meal, Lack said he noticed a pickup truck speeding through the parking lot.

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Luby’s Cafeteria Massacre

When that vehicle crashed through the plate glass window, Lack said he saw the man get out and shoot the woman behind the cash register. He said the man started making laps through the cafeteria, shooting at random.

Constantly, nonstop yelling at the women, calling them vipers, and saying I’m gonna kill every one of you vipers, I’m gonna kill every one of you.

Luby’s Cafeteria Massacre