Two nearby but unrelated shooting incidents took place minutes apart police say, amid the crowded entertainment district of Austin, Texas, in the early hours of Saturday morning. The first incident left one victim dead and four others injured. A separate incident ended with the gunman in critical condition when bystanders helped detain a man after he fired his weapon.
In a news conference, Austin Police said they are “actively looking” for a suspected shooter they believe to be a man, adding they are currently interviewing multiple suspects in connection with an initial shooting that occurred at 2:17 a.m. local time.
Authorities say they received a call regarding “multiple shots” being fired on the 200 block of East 6th street in the downtown area. The second attack, classified as an assault, took place just blocks away, seven minutes later. However, the two separate incidents now appear to be unrelated, said Police Chief Brian Manley.
Police officials confirmed earlier reports that a female thought to be in her 20s had been pronounced dead on the scene.
Three female victims, whom all appear to be in their 30s have been taken to the hospital for care of non-life-threatening injuries, while the fifth victim refused treatment on site, according to Austin-Travis County EMS Cmdr. Mike Benavides.
After further investigation, says Chief Manley, neither of the isolated shootings were the work of an “active shooter,” as previously mentioned.
The suspected shooter from the second attack had fired multiple shots in a parking garage on 800 block of Trinity, said Manley. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after onlookers, in a bold move, worked to wrestle the firearm from the shooter, and were able to successfully disarm him.
This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.