Crime

Austin Shootings Leave One Dead, Four Wounded (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Sixth Street, Austin, TexasSixth Street, Austin, Texas

One person was killed and another four wounded early July 31 in two separate shootings in Austin, Texas (video below).

Around 2:17 a.m., gunshots were reported in a popular nightlife district, when a suspect began firing into a crowd, CNN reports.

"As officers arrived, as you can imagine, with this being shortly after 2 a.m., and the large crowds we have on Sixth Street at this time, all the individuals leaving the bars, it was a very chaotic scene," Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley said in a news conference. "A lot of people running in different directions with all the gunshots that were coming out."

The suspect has not been apprehended.

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Sam Vedamanikam was in the area when the shots rang out, and shared a video of the chaotic scene to Twitter. The video shows a crowd, followed by the sounds of four gunshots. Vedamanikam continued recording as the crowd panicked.

Manley said one woman, who is believed to be in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CNN.

The other three female victims, all in their 30s, are being treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds. One additional victim refused medical treatment.

A second unrelated shooting happened seven minutes later in a parking garage, only blocks from the first incident.

“One individual [there] did pull out a weapon and fire it at another individual,” Manley said.

The suspect was engaged by witnesses, and they disarmed him. He was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Austin Police Department used social media to alert people of the first shooting.

“Active shooter incident downtown, multiple victims. Stay away from downtown,” the department tweeted.

Sources: CNN, Sam Vedamanikam/Twitter, Austin Police Department/Twitter / Photo credit: Flickr

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