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Texas Sigma Chi Shooter Was A Rushee That Didn’t Get A Bid

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The gunman from yesterday’s shooting at the University of Texas Sigma Chi house has been apprehended and booked into Travis County Jail, and is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 18-year-old Daniel Hamilton Magee had expressed interest in joining the fraternity, leaving his name and number with several brothers before being kicked out of a party early Sunday morning after the UT football game.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

The report said members of the fraternity asked an on-site security guard, Edward Earls, to kick Magee out because he was causing problems.

“Magee became upset and had to be physically removed by Earls,” the document said. “When Magee got to the front gate of the fraternity house Magee made verbal threats to return to the party with an AK-47 rifle and shoot up the place.”

About 45 minutes later, Magee returned with two others.

Witnesses told investigators one of the men pulled out a gun and fired one round at Earls, striking him in the foot, the affidavit said.

I could completely mail it in and use the uncreative “looks like someone didn’t get a bid” route. If there was ever a story I could justify using that overplayed angle, it’s this one right here. But I like a challenge, and no one died, so I can just get absurd with it.

This kid seems to have a few screws loose. One could even say he’s maniacal… Maniac Magee. Wow, did we luck out with that last name. Great book, by the way. Now I could just be grasping at straws here, but maybe in his own delusional, crazy mind, Magee thought Sigma Chi would respect that he was a man of his word and has a can-do attitude. He slips them his full name and number (so he can be reached at a later time) before telling those same individuals he’s going to come back and shoot up the place. Magee clearly just wanted to make a memorable first impression. You almost have to respect that type of misguided, youthful optimism. Show ’em you’re not one to be fucked with and have a pretty decent shot and they’ll just initiate you on the spot.

Magee’s going to do just fine in prison.

[via Austin American-Statesman]

Image via Sigma Chi

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Dan Regester

Dan Regester @Dan_Regester is a Senior Writer, Podcast Host, and Video Guy for Grandex Media. He's Delco trash to the core and a UCF cinema studies graduate because he never got around to applying to an actual film school. Dan is a gambling man, crypto investor, and procrastinator. He enjoys long walks to the water fountain between bench press sets and is not a fan of the homeless, the elderly, or the Phoenix Airport. Email tips to

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