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Suspect in ‘Chaotic’ Downtown Austin Mass Shooting Taken into Custody, Police Say


A suspect in a mass shooting was taken into custody, but police in Austin, Texas did not identify the person or say why they believe the individual to be involved. They are seeking a second suspect.

In an initial account, at least 13 people were injured early Saturday morning in the entertainment district of downtown Austin, Texas. That number rose to 14.

911 received a call of shots fired at 1:24 a.m. Saturday morning, said Interim Police Chief Joe Chacon in an initial press conference. The incident happened in the 400 block of East 6th Street, he said. This is just an estimated 15-minute walk to the state capitol building. It was amid increasingly dense crowds like that seen pre-COVID 19, according to the police account.

Anyone with information or video of the incident is asked by police to call the APD Aggravated Assault Unit at 512-974-TIPS, the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-TIPS, or the Crime Stoppers app.

Before news about the apprehension, a suspect was described early as a Black male with a black shirt, skinny build, and dreadlock-type hair. This was not detailed because of the “chaotic” nature of the incident, Chacon said.

The motive behind the incident remains unclear, but the chief described this as a one-off situation.

“This does appear to be an isolated incident between two parties,” he said in a press conference, according to KXAN.

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