Attacker in Austin, Texas, wounds 13 in shooting and escapes

  • Attacker in Austin, Texas, wounds 13 in shooting and escapes

Attacker in Austin, Texas, wounds 13 in shooting and escapes

No fatalities have been reported so far, but two patients are in critical condition, Chacon said. Two of the victims are in critical condition, according to preliminary reports from the medics, but no fatalities have been reported so far.

'Our officers responded very quickly, ' Chacon said.

EMS coming to Sixth Street? At the time, the street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic, Chacon said.

A witness who was at the bar when the shooting began told the American-Statesman that he only heard shots "from a single weapon and then everyone started running in different directions".

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

Eleven of the wounded were taken to one local hospital and the other two were taken to other hospitals, the chief said.

The shooter or shooters remain at large, and detectives were working rapidly to view an array of video gathered by bystanders and other cameras near the scene in the 400 block of East Sixth Street to identify any suspects. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Team is also on scene, Chacon noted. Gang crime has no been removed as a possibility, but motive are not evident yet.

It remains unclear what sparked the gunfire. "At this time, this appears to be an isolated incident", Chacon stated.

Chacon said the description that police had of the suspect was 'not very detailed, ' but said the person was believed to be a man.

"The uptick in gun violence locally is part of a disturbing rise in gun violence across the country as we exit the pandemic", he said. "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 their vehicles and transport them themselves".