AUSTIN (KXAN) — KSN sister station KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas reports one person is dead and several are injured following two shootings in downtown Austin early Sunday morning.
Austin Police initially classified the shootings as an active shooter incident; however, police now say there were two incidents and they do not appear to be connected.
The first incident happened near East Sixth and San Jacinto streets, in the heart of the city’s entertainment district, where gunshots rang out around 2:17 a.m. Police say the suspect in this incident is still at large.
According to Austin-Travis County EMS, multiple units were called to 208 E. 6th St. EMS said a woman in her 20s is dead. Three women in their 30s were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment with serious but non-life threatening injuries. A fifth patient refused EMS treatment at the scene.
Police believe the incident began as a disturbance when someone pulled out a gun and began shooting into the crowd.
KXAN spoke with a man named Cody — who didn’t want his last name used — who was out celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday when they heard gunshots.
“All we heard was three gunshots – two or three gunshots. And all we saw were people running everywhere in the middle of Sixth Street. We were 15-20 yards above Sixth Street on San Jacinto,” he said in a phone interview. “We just ended up grabbing all of our friends and ended up running probably two blocks away.”
Another witness, Kristin Holt, said, “I saw a guy run through the alleyway… he was like, ‘Wow that woman just got shot in the chest and she just collapsed.’”
A second shooting happened in a parking garage in the 800 block of Trinity Street, near the intersection with Eighth Street. Police say a man fired shots during an aggravated assault.
“One individual did pull out a weapon and fired it at another individual and so given the fact that we had multiple shots fired on Sixth Street and we had another incident that occurred several blocks away with shots being fired the initial concern was that we had an individual that was engaging in an active shooter tactics in an entertainment district. But again that’s not what our assessment is at this point,” explained APD Chief of Staff Brian Manley.
The suspect was disarmed and taken down by witnesses. Medics took him to the hospital. No one was shot in the incident on Trinity.
APD Police Chief Art Acevedo released a statement Sunday morning following the shootings.
<strong>On behalf of the Austin Police Department we wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young woman who lost her life to this senseless act of violence and wishes for a speedy recovery to the individuals wounded… Austin, Texas is one of our nation’s safest cities and the community we serve partners with APD to stand up for our neighbors and friends and to bring those that would do us harm to justice. This sensors and tragic incident will be no exception.”
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