Austin Shooting: 14 People Are Injured, Police Say
The interim police chief said that the shooting appeared to have started as “some kind of disturbance between two parties” and that most of the victims were “innocent bystanders.”
At Least 14 People Hurt in Austin Shooting
The police said a shooting near a crowded area in downtown Austin, Texas, early on Saturday left at least 14 people wounded or injured, with two in critical condition. It was unclear how many people opened fire and what led to the shooting.
At 1:24 a.m., Austin 911 received a call of shots fired in the area. Initially, we had a report of three victims and then as this incident unfolded, the number of victims — it became clear that there were many, many victims in this incident. At this moment, we do not have any persons that are deceased. We do have two patients that are in critical condition. We have a total of 11 people that were transported to one hospital, one person was transported to a different hospital and then one person reported to an urgent care clinic with multiple gunshot — gunshot wounds. So there’s a total, at this point that we are aware of, of 13 victims. Very large crowds. It was very difficult to contain the scene. It was very difficult for E.M.S. to make their way into this crowd. And because of the nature of the injuries, officers had to go ahead and use their police vehicles to put some of these shooting victims into the vehicles and transport them themselves to the hospital, so that they could get the urgent care that they needed. We have a lot of officers that are assigned to our downtown area command, and that actually work in this area. There’s a high visible presence of officers. We try to keep it as safe as we can. But what we have seen in recent months and over the last year or so is an increase in our gun violence. And so this is just emblematic of that. It continues.
The police said a shooting near a crowded area in downtown Austin, Texas, early on Saturday left at least 14 people wounded or injured, with two in critical condition. It was unclear how many people opened fire and what led to the shooting.CreditCredit…Nuri Vallbona/Reuters
A shooting in a popular nightlife district in downtown Austin, Texas, early on Saturday left 14 people injured, with two of them in critical condition, the police said.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired around 1:25 a.m. in a district known for drawing large crowds to its bars and restaurants.
Joseph Chacon, the interim chief of the Austin Police Department, said at a news briefing on Saturday afternoon that the shooting appeared to have started as “some kind of disturbance between two parties.”
He said that there was no information to indicate the victims were intentionally targeted, and that most were “innocent bystanders.”
The police revised the number of victims to 14, from 13. The chief said it was possible there are still others who were hurt who have not sought medical help or reported their injuries to the police.
Officials said that they were seeking two people in connection to the shooting.
“I cannot say that there is no further public danger at this point because the suspect is not in custody,” the chief said at an earlier news briefing, adding that the shooting “appears to be isolated to this one area.”
The police said in a statement that the victims had been wounded or injured, but the chief said all of them had been shot. Two victims were in critical condition and 12 were in stable condition, the police said.
Chief Chacon said that police officers used first aid gear they carry, such as chest seals and tourniquets, to provide lifesaving help and that responding officers had exhausted all of their supplies at the scene.
He said that the downtown area was filled with people at the time of the shooting and that the neighborhood was drawing prepandemic crowd sizes.
Chief Chacon said there was more gun violence in the city in the past few months, a sentiment echoed by Mayor Steve Adler.
“The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic,” the mayor said on Twitter. He added, “One thing is clear — greater access to firearms does not equal greater public safety.”