George Hennard

George Hennard

Sayre, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Oct 1991 (aged 35)
Killeen, Bell County, Texas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 10657971 · View Source
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Mass Murderer. Born as Georges Pierre Hennard in Sayre, Pennsylvania, the son of Georges and Jeanne Hennard, his father a Swiss-born surgeon and his mother a homemaker. George graduated from Las Cruces High School in New Mexico in 1974 while his family was living on the White Sands Missile base there. George had transferred to Las Cruces from Bangor Area High School in Five Points, Pa. Upon graduating from high school in 1974, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served for two years until he was honorably discharged in 1976. He later enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1977; he was dismissed from service however, in 1981, after being arrested for drug possession. His seaman's papers were suspended the following year and were later revoked in 1989, after his second arrest for possessing marijuana. On October 16, 1991, George drove his 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck through the front window of a Luby's Cafeteria at 1705 East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, then opened fire on the restaurant's patrons and staff with a Glock 17 pistol and later a Ruger P89. About 80 people were in the restaurant at the time. He stalked, shot and killed 23 people and wounded 20 before committing suicide. One patron broke a back window with a chair, allowing others to escape, including the family of three-month-old Sommer Isdale, who would later become Miss Texas Teen USA. George allowed a mother and her four-year-old child to leave. He reloaded several times and still had ammunition remaining when he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after being cornered and wounded by police. In 1995 the Texas Legislature passed a shall-issue gun law allowing Texas citizens with the required permit to carry concealed weapons. The law was sponsored by Suzanna Gratia Hupp, who was present at the Luby's massacre and both of whose parents were shot and killed. The 1995 Texas law, signed by Governor George W. Bush, became part of a broad movement to allow U.S. citizens to easily obtain permits to carry concealed weapons. The Luby's massacre remained the deadliest criminal mass shooting by a single gunman in United States history until April 16, 2007, when the Virginia Tech massacre occurred. George was 35 years old when he took his own life.

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