In a department briefing, 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 a shooting that occurred at 2:17 a.m. local time. Authorities say they received a call regarding “multiple shots” being fired on 6th street in the downtown area. A second incident took place several 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 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, while a fourth victim refused treatment on site.
After further investigation, says Chief Manley, neither of the shootings were the work of an “active shooter,” as previously mentioned.
The suspected shooter from the second attack in a parking garage on 8th street, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after onlookers, in a bold move, tried to wrestle the weapon from the shooter, and successfully disarmed him.
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Austin Police say two separate shooting incidents that took place within the same downtown area are currently contained. The police department alerted people of an “active shooter incident” with “multiple victims” in a tweet early Sunday, and instructed people to stay away from the area.
Local paramedics say one female died on the scene, and they’re responding to at least four others injured.
According to local news outlet KXAN, reports of gunfire emerged around 2:30 a.m. local time in the 6th Street vicinity.
We’ll update this story as authorities release further information.