Downtown shooting in Austin, Texas injures 14

Published June 13, 2021, 7:51 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

HOUSTON, United States – Gunfire erupted in a busy entertainment district in the Texas city of Austin early Saturday, injuring 14 people, according to authorities who were still searching for a suspect.

AUSTIN, TX – JUNE 12: An ATF K9 unit surveys the area near the scene of a shooting on June 12, 2021 in Austin, Texas. At least 13 people were taken to hospitals after a shooting happened on Austin’s famous 6th Street. The shooter is still at large. Sergio Flores/Getty Images/AFP SERGIO FLORES / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Police said they responded to multiple shots fired just before 1:30 am in bustling downtown Austin, where a large crowd began to disperse.

“Our officers responded very quickly,” Austin’s interim police chief Joseph Chacon told a news conference.

“They were able to immediately begin life saving measures for many of these patients,” he added.

Police said they had received a description of a suspect, a Black male, but that it was still unclear whether one or multiple suspects were involved.

They added that the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident, although an investigation was ongoing.

“I don’t have any information right now that the victims were intentionally targeted,” a police spokesman said.

 
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