John Hiestand - 1966 Aug 5 - The Press Gazette (Hillsboro, Ohio)
a: H is im of totaling totaling of m Eyewitness To Shooting In Austin A former resident of Hillsboro was an eyewitness to Monday's massacre in Austin, Texas--and fact, was a possible target for at least one shot from the cannonading cannonading by Charles J. Whitman, tower slayer. John Hiestand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Pete) Hiestand, who is student at the University of Texas, was walking along Guadaloupe when the firing broke out. He headed home from classes. He called his parents Monday night shortly after they heard the mass murders on the news. mother was just going to phone when his call came through. John said he had been to a and was returning to his home, the street where he was walking, when he heard three shots initially. One splattered a wall about three feet from him. There were other persons around but that one could have "had his name on it," figures. He dived for cover. The nearest thing was a truck parked along street. He stayed there for the entire hour and a half of gunfire. Before he took cover, he saw a on a bicycle keel over down the street. He said he didn't realize what was happening until the hit the wall close to him. "It sounded like a battle," he his parents. He was right near bookstore when the gunfire cut loose. On a television program Tuesday night, a special on the shooting, the Hiestands caught a quick glimpse of a truck in some film of the shooting and possibly John behind it. John said he saw two other persons fall, apparently from bullets. 30.1 There was little he could do I stay under cover. He was joined bid bids 6.0 bread bid at came Con- by some others behind the truck, he said. He said he had difficulty in ing his parents because phone lines were jammed. He went to home of a cousin, Ed Hiestand, of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hiestand, Hillsboro, who is stationed at a nearby Air Force field, and called from there. John has been at the university since last September, working on his master's degree in library science. science. He is a graduate of Ohio State University. He will finish his work at the end of August. He is a graduate of Hillsboro School. His parents live at 453 Vine Street, Hillsboro.